Despite the glut of apples taking up a corner of my kitchen I was foggy enough to BUY some on Friday. So they need using. We had apple sauce with Sunday Dinner today. That’s really simple to make.
Peel, core and chop apples and put them in a smallish saucepan.
Add a little water and cook until soft. Mash them up and there’s the apple sauce. If the apples are tart add a little sugar. I added a dollop of apple jelly instead and stirred it in. Very nice.
Then I peeled and cored even more apples and sliced them. In a larger pan I melted a large dab of butter (about 3oz) with a little olive oil. I always add oil to stop the butter burning-and it does work. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of good cinnamon in and then add the apple slices and cook them until just about soft.
Line an 8 in cake tin and arrange the apple slices to cover the bottom. Leave to one side.
In a bowl put 6oz butter with 5 oz sugar (I always knock off a little sugar) and mix.
Add two eggs a teaspoon of cinnamon and 6 oz of self raising flour (I used normal today but I’ve found gluten free SR flour works fine for this too – but Avila didn’t want this cake today). Add a few drops of Vanilla extract and mix it all up.
Dollop the cake mix onto the apple pieces until it’s covered and then put in the middle of a medium hot oven gas 6 for about 35 minutes.
Turn it out onto a plate, sprinkle with a bit of Demarera sugar, let it cool and get a slice before all the other kids in the house eat it all.