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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
*Windfall Crumble Cake*Makes one 9 inch cake
For the cake:
For the crumble topping:
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.
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.