Mmmm....it's been so long since I last made this cake I had forgotten how great it is. We have apples coming out of our ears at the moment thanks to the two lovely apple trees we have in the garden and this recipe is the perfect way to use a few up. What really makes this cake a bit special is the orange zest - every time I lift the lid on the cake stand I'm greeted with a wonderful waft of citrus and the orangey flavour complements the big chunks of apple so well.
Somerset Apple Cake
(adapted from The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook produced in association with Yorkshire TV)
6oz/175g caster sugar
Rind of 1 orange, grated
8oz/225g self-raising flour
1lb/450g Bramley Apples, peeled, cored and cubed
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk
Approx 1 tbsp granulated or demerara sugar
1) Grease and flour a 23cm/9inch cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4
2) Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest until pale in colour. Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with the apples in a bowl.
3) Add the eggs and milk to the butter and sugar and beat in. Add the remaining flour and apples to the mixture and blend together well. Turn into the tin, sprinkle with the granulated/demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes.