“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Bonjours mes amis encore! I know this is The English Kitchen, but it's Friday and that means it's French Fridays with Dorie day! That fun cooking club created around the release of Dorie Greenspan's newest book, entitled Around My French Table. Each Friday we all cook the same recipe from the book!
I was really pleased that this week's recipe was an apple cake, Marie Helene's Apple Cake to be specific!
Oh what a lovely cake this was . . . and so very easy to make. It went together lickety split.
The end result being a deliciously buttery cake which was more apple than cake, and oh so scrummy!!
With the first mouthful I was 6 years old and sitting in my Canadian Grandmaman's kitchen again . . . very nostalgic.
I used a variety of apples . . . Golden Russet, Crispin, Granny Smith and Pink Lady, which Dorie had suggested as the different apples would give different textures with every mouthful. I loved that the apple was left quite chunky in this as well.
I already had something cooking in my teensy weensy gas oven so I ended up cooking this cake in my microwave/convection oven on the convection setting and it turned out perfect! I didn't have a spring form pan, so I baked it in a 9 inch cake tin with a removeable bottom with no problems at all.
This went down a real treat, warm and with a dollop of clotted cream gilding the top. To quote Todd . . . "This is nice . . . very nice."
Thanks Dorie for another brilliant recipe. If you'd like to see how the rest turned out, pop on over to French Fridays with Dorie. This was fabulous, but don't take my word for it. Buy the book and find out for yourselves! It's worth every penny! Trust me on this!
Not sure what next week's recipe is, but it's bound to be tres tres delicious!