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Saturday, 7 February 2009

Dutch Apple Cake

My hubby enjoys nothing more than a hearty pudding in winter when the cold weather extends its grip upon us. It certainly has been dessert time this week with the amount of snow fall we’ve had. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while from Rachel Allen’s Bake. It may not be majestic to look at but the taste of vanilla butter sponge and baked apple slices running through is magical, which certainly makes up for its looks.


This is a slightly adapted the recipe I am posting by adding demerara sugar for sprinkling over the top and also using red eating apples. I thought the demerara sugar would give a nice little crunch to the top of the cake and red apples as I had a few that need using. I do like cake recipes that can double up as a cake or dessert; this has the advantage of leftovers, which can be served in a slice with a steaming cup of tea or coffee- perfection in my book!

I am publishing this post today via scheduled posting as hubby and I are aiming to do some food shopping, weather permitting!


Dutch Apple Cake

Slightly adapted from Bake by Rachel Allen 2008

Ingredients
2 eggs
175g (6 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
75g (3 oz) butter
75ml (2½ fl oz) milk
125g (4½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2¼ tsp baking powder
2 red eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp demerara sugar, for sprinkling
2 red eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp demerara sugar, for sprinkling
Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan oven 180°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line the sides and base of a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 in) square cake tin with parchment paper. Using an electric whisk, whisk the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and mousse-like and the whisk leaves a figure of eight pattern. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the milk, then pour onto the eggs, whisking all the time. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and fold carefully into the batter so that there are no lumps of flour. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Arrange the apple slices over the batter. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for ten minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas 4 and bake for a further 20–25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the tin. Cut into squares and serve warm with lashing of creamy custard.


48 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks very magical to me! Yum!

Kaitlin said...

It looks scrumptious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks fluffy and delicious! The kind of cake I like!

Cheers,

Rosa

Bellini Valli said...

I love the way you have described this dessert Rosie, "the taste of vanilla butter sponge and baked apple slices running through is magical". I agree!!

sowmya said...

cakes looks delicious..loved the chcoolate brownies too..

Raaga said...

I have to try this :) I am slowly discovering fresh fruit cakes and made 2 recently.

Ann said...

Thats defninitely the perfect dessert for the season dear..hope by now snow level is reduced..enjoy.

Sylvie said...

Mmmmhhhh, I'm sat here with my spoon at the ready. I fully agree with your husband regarding the cold weather and hearty puddings.

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks lovely Rosie, I've made this one as well, we loved it too!

Maria said...

Rosie your Dutch Apple Cake looks so yummy! This is definitely a pudding to serve alongside hot custard in this cold weather. I'm planning on making this tomorrow!

Maria
x

AK Mom said...

Yum, Rosie! That cake sure looks delicious!!

sunita said...

I love simple bakes like this...enjoy and keep warm :-)

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Rosie I baked the pear and raspberry version of this cake last week, it is so good, I can't wait to try the apple version.

Kristen said...

I haven't had this in years. It's really delicious. Thanks for posting this recipe.

chou said...

I love apple cake. It's so friendly.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

This looks perfect for Sunday brunch - YUMMY!

J.Danger said...

I love apple anything! This looks nice and homey.

Coby said...

Rosie, the cakey pudding or is that puddingy cake looks delicious:) I adore apples in cakes:) I wonder why it is 'Dutch', as I have a Dutch mum, I only wish I'd grown up with something as scrummy as that cake:):)

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie:
Delicious Cake. Thank you for your visit and comments. Best regards

Antonia said...

Ooh - apple cake! How lovely. I've seen so many recipes from this Rachel Allen book on food blogs recently and they all look wonderful. I really need to get my hands on a copy!
Hope you got out to do your food shopping ok!

Donna said...

Yum! Looks Moist!! Hope all is well for you sweetie!!!hughugs

Rachel said...

one amongst the flavours that I like ina cake:)

Peter M said...

This is moist and I like it when I get a bite of soft apple inside.

Aparna said...

Apple desserts are our favourites here. Cakes with apple in them may not look like much, but they taste awesome.
Happy shopping.:) Hope the weather gets better.

Alice Audrey said...

What is demerara sugar?

Elyse said...

I am constantly in search of great apple cake recipes: there is something so homey and comforting about them. I have to add this to my list of recipes to bake; it looks divine, like the perfect cake for a cloudy day (which it is today)!

Sara said...

This cake looks delicious, I have a huge apple tree in my yard, so I'm always looking for more recipes to use them up!

Grace said...

GREAT-looking cake, rosie. all it needs is a bit of cinnamon ice cream on top. :)

splummer said...

Hi!
Your Dutch Apple Cake sounds yummy! And it seems pretty simple to make! Have a great evening!!

Sherrie

The Caked Crusader said...

I love apple cake with a passion! This looks wonderful. I have just bought a book with lots of apple cakes and dessert recipes in it so will be following in your footsteps very soon!

Anne said...

I love apple cake will have to try making this :)

natalia said...

Ciao ! I have some apples who were waiting for this recipe !!!

MamaFaMi said...

Oh me oh my, doesn't that look delicious...

Ingrid said...

Looks yummy & I'm not fond of fruit chunks in my desserts! I like the dimply top of it!
~ingrid

Maria said...

I love apple cakes! Can't wait to try this one!! Looks fabulous!

Bridgett said...

Rosie, you have some of the best comforting recipes out there. This one would go perfectly with my tea this morning. I love it and can almost smell it baking from here.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love this. I really do. I can eat the whole pan. Seriously. Just leave it on the counter for me and I'll take care of it.

I moved! Come visit me at www.aduckinherpond.com.

Ivy said...

If I had that baking tin in front of me I would have eaten at least half of it. My kingdom for a Piece of Rosie's cake, as King Richard would have said seeing your apple pie!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Gorgeous cake! YUM!

I moved! Come visit me at www.aduckinherpond.com.

Katie said...

Mmmm apple cake. I have tried this recipe from Bake myself. Leftovers taste great heated with a bit of custard.

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie! always great always so delicious!! lucky hubby ;-)
A big kiss!!
Silvia

Rosie said...

Thank you my ’dear’ friends for all your kind words I really do value every one of them! I have been taking a little habitation in the last few days snuggling up into a warm fluffy blanket. I’ve not been sleeping to well as of late due to my ongoing back problem arrrr...so trying to catch up on lost sleep as you can gather lol. I will of course be calling around all your delightful blogs hopefully tomorrow :D

Also I would like to say a huge warm welcome if you are new here and it’s great to *meet* you and I do hope you will keep calling back to view my creations :D The benefit here is I have some new great blogs to visit –yippee!!!!!!!!

Hi Duckie, what a lovely new site!! I have amended my links on my blogroll now too ;0)

Hi Alice, demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain. Its colour is pale to golden yellow. It comes from pressed sugar cane which is then steamed for the juice to form thick cane syrup. The syrup is dehydrated to form large golden brown crystals. As it is not refined much, it is rich and creamy.

The sugar was first made in a colony in Guyana. Mass production later moved to Mauritius. Another type is London demerara which is refined sugar with added molasses. It is a crunchy type of sugar. In cooking, demerara is known for changing the texture or colour of recipes.

In the United States, demerara is known as turbinado sugar, produced in Hawai'i.

You could use caster (superfine) sugar or granulated sugar for this recipe which will be good too.

With my best wishes to everyone – Rosie xoxo

Kevin said...

That apple cake looks good. I really like baking with apples.

Rosie said...

They are great to use in bakes I agree Kevin! many thanks for calling by :0)

best wishes Rosie x

cookalcoholic said...

The cake looks yummy yummy. But what kind of ingridient is Dutch, that this recipe name is Dutch apple cake? (I live in Holland BTW)

Rosie said...

Hi cookalcoholic, lovely to *see* you and what a lovely place to live Holland :0) I'm not sure why Rachel Allen called it Dutch Apple Cake in her book I'm puzzled too, but it really is a quick and tasty cake/dessert.

I'm in the middle of moving blogs at the moment so I do hope you will visit me again at my new address which i will be posting on here very soon :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi cookalcoholic, lovely to *see* you and what a lovely place to live Holland :0) I'm not sure why Rachel Allen called it Dutch Apple Cake in her book I'm puzzled too, but it really is a quick and tasty cake/dessert.

I'm in the middle of moving blogs at the moment so I do hope you will visit me again at my new address which i will be posting on here very soon :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

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