My recipe today is Apple and Walnut Cake. A cake that my grandmother Alice used to bake regularly
½ cup butter, cut in small cubes and softened in microwave
1 ½ cups flour self raising or if not add 2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup sugar2 eggs beaten
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (opt)
1 cup chopped apple
For streusel topping
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup walnuts
3 tablespoons butter
Blend butter, sugar and remaining dry ingredients till well combined. Add eggs, milk and vanilla if using, mix till combine and then add apples. Spread into tin . Make topping by either chopping walnuts up small and mixing with melted butter spice and sugar, or by whizzing in food processor. I prefer the first option as the walnut pieces are larger and sink down into the cake creating a lovely marbling effect. The second way the mix stays on top of the cake. Sprinkle the streusel mix on top and bake at 180 degrees C. for 40 minutes.
I haven’t always liked apples. It is only in the last 10 or so years that I have started to appreciate them. I was mulling over this fact when I suddenly realized why. As a toddler I spent a lot of time with my maternal Grandparents. On one visit, my Grandparents realised that I was very quiet, so went in search of me. There, in the wash house they found me. I was siting amongst apples that covered the floor, each apple had a bite taken out of it. There were about three apples left in the crate! Apparently I turned to them and said in a bewildered tone, “They are all sour!” Needless to say that night I had a bad case of gripe, and kept them up all night with my groans and wails. It is a different story today, I love apples.
I pruned my apple trees today, I woke up realizing that July was flying away on me. (It’s alright it’s a southern hemisphere garden.) Not too soon. I noticed that the buds were starting to swell. I have a Fuji, my favourite of all time and a Golden Delicious. I want to get a green cooking apple, I really would like a Bramley, but I have never seen them for sale in NZ. So will probably make do with a Granny Smith, which are lovely baking apples. I’ll have to get my skates on as I want to buy a bare rooted tree as you can determine its shape right from the beginning.
Here is a photo of some jonquils flowering alongside my driveway, a lovely bit of colour to brighten up the dreary weather!