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Wednesday 31 October 2012

Dorset Apple Cake for Best of British

After our visit to sophisticated, metropolitan London, the Best of British Tour moves back to the country as we sample the food of Dorset.

Karen at Lavender and Lovage is the generous host for Five go mad in  Best of British in Dorset.  I have to say that I wasn't really aware of a particular cuisine for Dorset, but on further investigation I found that Dorset Apple Cake seemed to be a specialty.

Dorset Apple Cake

225 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
225 g caster sugar, plus extra for dredging
3 large eggs
225 g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
25 g ground almonds
450 g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped and then tossed in juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease a deep 23-24cm springform cake tin and line with baking paper.

Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until combined

Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds. Add the chopped apple pieces and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Spoon into the prepared cake tin, smooth over the top using the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until well-risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the cake starts to look a little too brown, cover with a sheet of baking paper after about 45 minutes.

Leave to cool in the tin. Serve the cake and dredge with extra caster sugar. Cut the cake into generous wedges and serve with clotted cream.

I'm not sure if it was this particular recipe or the apples I used, but I found this cake rather bland.  In future I would add some cinnamon or other spice to boost the flavour.  Then again, I didn't have any clotted cream to serve it with, so maybe that would make the difference.

The Best of British Challenge has been organised by Karen Burns Booth of Lavender and Lovage and Fiona McLean of London Unattached.  Many thanks to them both for all their hard work and to New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances who are sponsoring this event for the first six months. 

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At 31 October 2012 at 23:40 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

I love apple cakes! I made a very similar recipe but it had apple slices in between which kept it moist. Cinnamon would definitely be a good addition! oh and clotted cream :)

At 1 November 2012 at 07:03 , Blogger Chris Half said...

Now really is the time for apple cake. Adding cinnamon feels right.

At 1 November 2012 at 13:19 , Blogger Caroline Taylor said...

I made Dorset apple cake Dorset would you believe! I loved it.

At 1 November 2012 at 18:03 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

A perfect and lovely looking cake and so very Dorset too! Thanks for entering Janice and may I say how lovely our photos are too....super looking apple cake! Karen xx

At 1 November 2012 at 18:30 , Blogger Chele said...

That is a superb looking apple cake, which I have a particular soft spot for. Going to have to get some apples this weekend and head into the kitchen I think.

At 1 November 2012 at 20:45 , Blogger Phil in the Kitchen said...

I'm very fond of a bit of apple cake and some of the best I've had were from Dorset. Yours looks lovely but I'm sorry to hear that it seemed bland. Maybe served warm with some clotted cream would have helped.

At 2 November 2012 at 10:24 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

Oh, I do like the sound of this cake - apples and almonds - right up my street!

At 3 November 2012 at 19:04 , Blogger Caroline said...

A shame you found it bland - I think I would go with you on wanting to add spice. I often like to used mixed spice as I feel it gives a much more rounded flavour than just cinnamon, which can be overpowering. I do like baking with apples though, in general.


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