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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Windfall Crumble Cake

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We had a bit of a windy day here the other day and some of our pears and apples got knocked off of the trees.  Too small to eat right out of hand just yet, but I hated to see them go to waste, so I picked them up and brought them into the house.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them.

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This morning I thought about using them to make a delicious cake  At first I thought to grate them and then just fold them into a loaf type of cake, but then as I thought about it a little bit  more, I came up with an even better idea.

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A tasty cake that would go well with hot drinks . . . perfect for breaktime . . . with a buttery crumb . . . not too sweet . . . topped with the chopped fruits . . . and then with a moreish oaty sweet and buttery crumble topping baked on top.

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Kind of like a fruit crumble except it's not a fruit crumble.  It's a cake.  I added lots of spice to the crumble topping . . . ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom  and nutmeg.  A bit of sweet from the brown sugar . . . and some nuttiness from old fashioned oats.  A bit of butter and sugar and tis the perfect crumble.

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You would be happy eating this one plain, with a hot cuppa . . . or warm from the oven with a nice scoop of cold vanilla ice cream melting down over the top, tucking itself into all that buttery crumble topping . . . dripping down the sides of that warm and buttery cake . . . highlighting the flavours of that lovely fruit.

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Mind you, a spot of cream would go down a real treat with it as well.  That's quite British actually.  They like a bit of cream with their puddings . . . or warm custard.  It's quite a nice idea really, for what is vanilla icecream actually . . . but a bit of frozen vanilla custard . . .

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This was the perfect thing to do with our windfalls . . . kind of turned them into a gift instead of a loss.  I like that idea.  Don't you?  Then again, you don't need windfalls to make this, just apples and pears.  I like that idea too . . .

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*Windfall Crumble Cake*
Makes one 9 inch cake
A delicious cake, with a buttery moreish texture, topped with chopped pear and apple and a spicy crumble topping.  Fabulous!

For the cake:
125g unsalted butter, softened (8 1/2 TBS)
125g caster sugar (2/3 cup)
2 large free range eggs, at room temperature
125g plain flour (1 1/4 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
1 firm pear, peeled and chopped
1 firm apple, peeled and chopped
1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the crumble topping:
60g plain flour (10 TBS)
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 TBS soft light brown suar
50g chilled butter, cut into cubes (3 1/2 TBS)
2 TBS old fashioned oats 
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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch spring form pan and line the bottom with baking paper.   Set aside.

Mix the chopped fruit with the lemon juice and set aside.

Stir together the flour, spices and sugar for the topping.  Drop in the butter and rub it in until you get a crumbly mixture.  Stir in the oats.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar for the cake together until pale and creamy.   Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Sift together the flour and baking powder.  Stir this in, beating until smooth.  Spread in the prepared pan, making a slight dip in the centre.   Top with the cut up fruit.  Sprinkle the crumble topping over all.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the cake tests done and the cake is golden on top.  Let coo slightly before removing from the pan.   Serve warm, cut into wedges with some ice cream or lightly whipped cream.


  1. I've just sent my mum the link to this because I think it's the sort of recipe she will really like so I hope she makes it today. It's just a shame I'm at uni and not at home this weekend so I won't get to try it!

  2. Looks like the perfect coffee cake! :)

  3. HOpefully when your mum makes it Laura, she will like it so much she makes it again when you ARE home!

    Janet, it is the perfect cake to have with a hot cup of whatever floats your boat!

  4. Oh, this is one of those cakes that you must eat warm out of the oven on a chilly, but sunny morning.

    Have I got the idea? ;)

  5. Yet again, you make me want my own fruit trees! Just so I can make this cake! It looks like homey cake perfection, and i want a slice right now. With some hot apple cider. And ice cream.


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