When it comes to preserving my harvest I am always on the look out for new recipes but I knew I had more than enough jam and chutney so I needed a new way to keep the apples in use. The disclaimer being these are not my apples. My trees had two good years and this year was awful, around a dozen apples collectively from both trees and they were small. In true Facebook style I had a moan about this and my neighbours delivered a huge bag of their apples. I wonder if I post on Facebook that I ‘need’ a Tuscan villa one will magically appear?
I decided to make a cake that could be frozen so I could enjoy warm cake and tea whenever I choose, a vital part of making it through long dark evenings in the winter months. I thrive on sunshine and get likened to a lizard by my husband, who is awful with heat, but I do get quite thrilled by winter preparations and my favourite is Autumn – those colours! A fully stocked cupboard and freezer, candles, blankets and hot drinks. Yes Denmark may have cornered the zeitgeist market with the whole hygge phenomenon but for most of us, well me certainly I read the books and thought oh so what I do every winter then. My house is filled with candles and blankets. Joe is worse than me and neither of us can pass up a new blanket but guests love to be sat around the wood burner swathed in blankets. Do you have any rituals in your home to help you prepare for the winter months?
Keeping children, (and myself), away from eating cake batter is one of the main baking challenges we face in our house.
you will need;
1tsp vanilla paste
juice of 1 lemon
2tsp masala chai powder
200g golden caster sugar
350g self raising flour
1/2 cup milk
2tsp baking powder
- Pre heat the oven to 160C and line a deep baking tray with parchment.
- Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add your eggs and flour alternately. Once the eggs are combined add the remaining flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla and masala spices.
- Peel and slice your apples you want them reasonably thin but not wafer thin. cover the apples with the lemon juice.
- Spread a layer of mixture into your tray. It is sticky so it will not be even or precise but that is fine the recipe is forgiving.
- Next layer your apples. Then continue to layer apples and mixture until you end on a layer of mixture. Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake in the centre of your oven until a dark golden brown colour and all the cake mixture is cooked.
- When cooled turn out of the pan and cut into 12 squares.
- If you want to freeze them do so now on an open chopping board. Once they are solid you can transfer to a freezer bag. Simply defrost for a couple of hours or warm through in the oven.
This is a great winter cake and not too sweet. It is so nice to have instant homemade cake to hand in the freezer. I have 4 of these in the freezer now!