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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Apple & Cinnamon Tea Cake

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 We have two young Missionary Sisters here now in our Ward area and they were coming over the other day to spend some time sharing with us and so I decided to bake them a little treat.  We don't very often get girl missionaries here and so it was really fun.

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Not that the guys aren't fun.   They are.   But I can hug the girls, and do fun things for them like give them cakes of Cath Kidston soap, just because they are so sweet and I admire the service they are doing for the Lord.   I have never had a guy get ecstatic about a bar of soap.

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And to be honest I've never had them get ecstatic about a cake either.  Although their lack of enthusiasm has never stopped them from enjoying my cakes or having more than one piece!  That makes me happy, even if they aren't jumping up and down.

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The girls are different . . . they only had one piece each . . . but they were definitely ecstatic about it.  Makes me smile.

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And really, no wonder they were thrilled.   This is a really  fabulous cake, really.   It's moist and warmly flavoured with lovely ground cinnamon . . . mmm . . . I do love Cinnamon, don't you?

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Oh, and it has cute little apples nestled in amongst that lovely moist batter . . . apples that are slivered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar . . . and baked in the oven along with the cake.  Then the whole thing is glazed with apricot jam.

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I love it when that happens.  Dust with icing sugar or not . . . as you wish.  Do serve with lashings of softly whipped cream.   You won't regret it.  You hips might, but you won't . . . I dare say . . . you may even get a little bit ecstatic!

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*Apple and Cinnamon Tea Cake*
Makes one 9 inch cake, serving 8 to 10
Printable Recipe

A deliciously moist cake, filled with lovely apples and cinnamon flavours.   Serve warm with softly whipped double cream for a real treat!

185g of unsalted butter, softened (3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
126g of golden caster sugar (2/3 cup)
3 large free range eggs, lightly beaten
150g of plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
78ml of whole milk (1/3 cup)

To top:
4 small Granny Smith Apples, peeled, halved and cored
1 tsp caster sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

To finish:
a heaped dessertspoon of apricot jam, gently warmed (about 1/4 cup)

To serve:
Softly whipped double cream

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Preheat the oven to 170*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Butter a 9 inch round spring form cake tin.   Line the bottom with baking paper.  Butter the paper.  Set aside.

Cream together the butter, cinnamon and sugar until light and fluffy.   Beat in the eggs, a bit at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.   Add to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  Cut little slits in the apples almost all the way through working from the rounded top down, taking care to leave them intact on the flat side.  Place the apple halves evenly spaced around the cake on top of the batter.  Stir together the sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle evenly over top.

Bake for 50 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Gently brush with the apricot jam.   Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until the cake tests done when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Serve warm, cut into wedges along with some softly whipped double cream.

Be sure to check out the Interview I did on Piggy Fair.   I really enjoyed doing it!  It's nice sometimes to be able to slow down and reflect on things, on the whys and wherefores.   Thanks Miss Piggy!

14 comments:

Al said...

As an ex Brit and then a Canadian for the last 50 years, I find your recipes both nostalgic and familiar.
I was planning to try your Almond & Apple Dumpling recipe for a family get together tomorrow. I found the refrigerated croissants (with chocolate) but I only have 15% cream instead of double cream. Thinking of adding a little melted butter to the cream. Hope it all works.

Marie said...

Good luck Al, I hope that they work out for you! Let me know how it goes!

Pat said...

Hi Marie! This recipe looks like a family-pleaser to me, I know Peter and I will definately love it!

Just one thing though, would it make a tremendous difference if I used semi-skimmed milk instead of whole milk do you think? I usually only buy semi-skimmed.

I've been trying the link on facebook and still can't get all the interview! :(

I hope Mitzie has now recovered from her trip to the groomer!

Pat xx

Marie said...

Pat, I don't think semi skimmed would make too much of a difference. It is truly a beautiful cake. I know you will both love it!

I don't know why you still can't get the interview. I have added the link here to my page, so hopefully it may make a difference??? Who knows how these computer glitches work!

All is forgiven now with Mitzie. She is such a little dear and never holds a grudge for long. ☺

belleau kitchen said...

simply beautiful x

Laurie said...

Mizie is such a sweet heart even when she pots, have a good visit Marie, you cake is lovely, a beautiful cake,

Gloria said...

Just beautiful dear Marie, have a lovely day with Todd:) xo

Sheilagh said...

Ralph is swooning about this recipe Marie. I think I will be making it very soon :)

Love

Sheilagh
xxx

Patricia said...

This looks just lovely - nice idea slicing the apples that way - I shall be making this soon. Was just watching the comic relief Bake Off where they were making Bakewell Tarts and this is kind of similar to that. Thanks, Patricia

Patricia said...

I was wrong - it looked like it was in a pie shell but it's not so nix the comparison to the Bakewell :)

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April said...

Oh wow... That double cream looks decadent!! I wonder what the US equivalent is, because my cream never looks like that! The cake, of course, is fabulous too!

julie said...

Hi Marie, I can't wait to make this cake - it has all my favorite things, apples, cinnamon, sugar and cake :) In your introduction you mentioned girl missionaries and Ward area - are you by any chance LDS ?? I am LDS and Ward area caught my eye as that is what we call our church congregation and I don't know of any other religion calling their congregation that. Just curious and how cool is that you are if so :) I love all your recipes, have made many treats for my family keep posting the sweets, our downfall !!! A lot of your recipes remind me of home - I am living in the States but am Australian. Thanks for your blog

Marie Rayner said...

Hi Julie! Yes, I am LDS! Thank you so much for yoru comment. I am always so happy to meet a fellow lds'er! I am also happy that you like my recipes. Yay! You made my day! xxoo

PS April (above) is an LDS'er as well