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Friday, 30 May 2008

Mrs Brays Apple Cake from Wadebridge

How many times I’ve made plans to bake something and my list seems endless with pieces of paper placed inside books, magazines, to try out at a later date. Well I have to say this recipe I have baked today has been bookmarked for approximately 20 years *gasp* *shock*, ever since buying a little book called “Favourite Cornish Recipes by June Kittow” on holiday in Cornwall over 20 years ago and printed in imperial measures! Thanks to Ruth at Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments who jolted me to seek out this recipe for her wonderful Bookmarked Recipes Event. Ruth posts a roundup of all entries for this event each Monday on her blog.

I digress back to Mrs Brays apple cake, this is such a simple bake to make and more like a fruit scone than a cake when baked in my opinion. It also has the advantage of not having to roll out any dough like with scones. Additional slices of apples are placed on top of the cake mixture then sprinkled over with sugar and cinnamon, which makes for one very gorgeous tasting cake. I slightly adapted the recipe by adding a little apple brandy to the cake mixture to enhance the flavour but this is purely optional. It may look a little plain but don’t be put off by the visual effect because served with a little clotted cream and fresh fruit, makes the whole experience of eating this cake a true delight!

Mrs Brays Apple Cake from Wadebridge

175g (6 oz) self raising flour
75g (3 oz) unsalted butter
75g (3 oz) sultanas
Pinch of salt
75g (3 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cooking apple
1 tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 -2 tbsp apple brandy (optional)


Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Grease a 20cm (8 in) sponge tin.

Put the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and add the butter rubbing in with fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sultanas and the caster sugar and mix through with your fingertips. Add the eggs and mix all the ingredients together then if using a apple brandy and mix through evenly. Place the mixture into the prepared sponge tin and smooth the surface level. Peel and core the apple into slices and place gently on top of the cake mixture. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the whole top of the cake. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Serve hot or cold with clotted cream and a little fresh fruit.

Note: the recipe I have adapted by adding apple brandy and using unsalted butter instead of margarine.


Maria said...

Rosie this is one lovely apple cake. It's very similar to one I baked before. Delish!!


Rosie said...

Hi maria, I wish I'd not waited 20 yrs to bake this lol It was very delicious I have to admit :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Ruth Elkin said...

Rosie I am loving this cake, it looks so beautiful and packed with flavour! What a great recipe to have bookmarked!

Sagari said...

U are a greatttt baker rosie ,those cakes look sooooo beautifulll

glamah16 said...

I love the ideas of apples and cake. Perfect.

Happy cook said...

I know what you mean Rosie, my kist of bookmarked recipes are getting minute by minute :-), but mostly never get to make them.
The cake looks delicious.
I love that you served with strawberry

Antonia said...

This one really appeals to me - I love the idea of an appley scone. Delicious!

Uma said...

that's a scrumptious apple cake, Rosie! Love it, love it, love it!

Bellini Valli said...

Wouldn't this be special to have for breakfast:D

Lisa said...

Now that looks good!

Donna said...

Are you Trying to get me in the kitchen????LOLOL...Well, you have suceeded.....This looks Wonderful!!! Have fun creating more trouble....I mean more goodies this weekend!!!LOLOL...Love You!!hughugs

Priscilla said...

This looks delicous Rosie!! Yummy, this would be a hit in my family. Your Opera Cake belongs in a bakery's front window!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

This cake sounds right up my street, after waiting 20 years to bake it I'm glad it was delicious :)

Uma said...

Dear Rosie! I have something for you! Check my blog here!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie if I think af an apple cake , boring recipes come in my head automatically but this one is fantastic dear! :-D
have a nice we

Cakespy said...

Oh, Mrs. Bray, thank you for your wonderful cake!!! Sounds amazing.

Gloria said...

This looks so delicious Rosie! really!xGloria

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Another great one Rosie & bookmarked! Will be in the kitchen for the next 20 years plodding through my bookmarked stuff at the rate I'm going...LOL.

Rosie said...

Thank you everyone SO very much for all your lovely comments!!

I know 20 yrs to try a recipe - I must keep plodding on through them as Deeba quite rightly says :D

Uma I am popping over to check your blog now :)

Best wishes to all and many thanks for calling by!

Rosie x

Beth said...

I live only a few miles from Wadebridge so I'd better have a go at this one! Looks delicious!

Rosie said...

Hi Beth, what a lovely part of the U.K. you live in!!! I hope you enjoy this apple cake as much as my family did from Mrs Bray's recipe :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Jeena said...

Another fabulous cake Rosie I bet you are really glad you finally cooked this lovely recipe. :-)

Kevin said...

That looks really good!

Jerri said...

mmm...this looks very good, Rosie!

The Caked Crusader said...

Yum. Obviously I love all cake but I have a special fondness for apple cakes. This looks amazing - sort of rustic and inviting - my favourite type of cake! Save me a big slice please......

Victoria Sponge said...

Rosie, your cake is beautiful. Really homely. I bet it was gorgeous!
Vicky xxx

Lore said...

Rosie you'll have to make up for all the years spent without baking this gorgeous apple cake.
I absolutely love the brandy addition.

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie.
Delicious your aple cake; wonderful and lovely your opera cake. My breakfats is riche and big, no possible for all days. I'm not time.

Thank you for your visit and commentes. So lovely Rosie.
Best and whises

dabrah said...

Gorgeous looking cake. I love just about anything with apple in it.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Great idea, my bookmarked recipes list is endless... I never get chance to cook them... and I love how you decorated the plate with strawberry!
I'm going for couple of days away, my blog will be posting automatically scheduled posts, but I will reply as soon as I can to all the comments :)

Have a wonderful week, Margot

Jeena said...

Hi Rosie again, I have something for you on my blog. :-)

Cakelaw said...

This looks and sounds really interesting. I think the addition of apple brandy was inspired ;)

David Hall said...

Apple cake, one of my absolute faves. Stays so moist too. Great stuff - as always!

David x

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear rosie
you have always been an inspiration and your posts always are always meant to be read. This one with about Mrs Brays Apple cake made an interesting reading. I would like to share an award with you., do visit my blog.

RecipeGirl said...

I had to laugh because sometimes I pull out recipes that I know I've had in my to-try pile for years and years!

This looks like a nice choice for an apple baked treat.

Rosie said...

Hi Jeena, I think it must be a record of mine having it bookmarked for 20 odd years lol Many thanks for your wonderful poem I will treasure it :)

Hi Kevin, thank you and that is such a compliment coming from such a great cook/baker as yourself!

Hi Jerri, awe thanks sweetie and lovely to *see* you *smile*

Hi T.C.C. It does look rustic in fact quite a plain cake world but boy the flavour is astounding!

Hi Vicky, I had just one little slice to test as you would heehee and for a plain cake it was very good :)

Hi Lore, I am just love to mess around with liqueurs in bakes as you will have seen and adding the apple brandy did enhance the flavour perfectly :)

Hi tartasacher, I loved your breakfast feast – I am the same week days yougurt for me. My pleasure to visit your blog sweetie, I always come away with a smile or i’m drooling over your food :)

Hi dabrah, one of my favs to apples :D

Hi Margot, you have a great time away and hope you have good weather and excellent food !!

Hi Cakelaw, it must be quite an old recipe depending on the time I have had this little book. I think the apple brandy went well with the flavouring of the apples.

Hi David, you are so right apple cakes stay wonderfully moist and served with a little custard this would make a lovely dessert cake.

Hi Anamika, thank you so much coming form sure a talented lady as yourself. Many thanks for the award I am truly honoured to receive this :)

Hi RecipeGirl, I thought when I posted this recipe and worked out how long it had been bookmarked it didn’t it possible 20yrs!! I am pleased I’m not alone in my piles of recipes to must try *giggle* I’m one down now millions to go........ lol

Many thanks for all your very kind comments & now I have started on my bookmarked pages , bookmarked recipes on line etc I think I should keep going and try and clear a way through *smile* As always it is so lovely to *see* you here and many thanks for calling by!!

Best wishes Rosie x

La Traductora said...

I saw your blog on "Mil Postres" blogroll, and I'm glad I did--I've been looking for a recipe like this one for a long time. I can't wait to try it!

Sophie said...

This apple cake looks divine. I am a fan of all-things apple! I bet the apple brandy adds a really nice touch too :D.

Rosie said...

Hi La Traductora, welcome to my little blog and lovely to *see* you here and enjoy your cake :)

Hi Sophie, many thanks :) The apple brandy did add a lovely depth of flavour to this cake...

Best wishes Rosie x