You know that saying 'When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade.' Well when on a cold winters evening a friend in the pub produced a bag of cooking apples and offered me some I couldn't resist the is comforting favourite.
You will need:
350g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
175g caster sugar
125g sultanas (For a cheeky twist soak them in booze of your choice overnight.)
2 tsp powdered cinnamon
½ tsp mace (Nutmeg will work if you can't find mace.)
450g cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
3 eggs, beaten lightly
pinch of salt
Cake tin, I used an 8" round but you could also use a loaf tin or even muffin tin but you may need to reduce the cooking time for this. cut out a circle of greaseproof paper and put into the bottom of a greased tin. this will help you get the cake out of the tin without it sticking.
Preheat your oven to 150C this is a slow cook cake but the delicious taste and moist texture it definitely worth the wait!
Peel, core and chop you apples into smallish pieces, it depends how chunky you like your apples. mine were about 1cm cubes. Set these aside ready for inclusion.
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl with the margarine and rub together. Once the ingredients are combined sift in the spices.
Measure out your sultanas and add these to your mixture along with the chopped apple and the baking powder. Mix them all well into the mixture. Then add the 3 eggs, pre-beaten lightly, and get your hands dirty! Mix everything together well and do not add any more liquid even if you feel the mixture seems dry for cake mix. The apples will release moisture during the cooking.
Cook in the centre of the oven for 90-120 minutes. Test with a skewer or clean knife at regular intervals near the end of cooking until it comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes and the turn out onto a plate. I recommend having a slice while it is still warm - heaven!
Keep the cake in a airtight tin or container, it will keep for about a week. I must admit I enjoyed a slice for breakfast, well it's got fruit in it!