The only time Friday afternoon’s not great is when you’ve had a week off 🙂
It’s been busy but really good. Lots of riding, helping clear my mum and dad’s house which has just been sold – and as they’ve owned it 20-ish years, you can imagine there’s a lot to be done… lots of nostalgic moments coming across my old school stuff but I made myself be ruthless!
There’s also been lots of riding, in perfect autumn weather. The leaves started turning early this year but the colours have really lasted and in the beautiful sunshine we’ve had a lot this week, the countryside has looked stunning.
I also went to zumba on Monday night – and enjoyed it so much, I went back on Wednesday 🙂
And there was also some baking, of course:
It was for my best friend’s husband’s birthday. In my opinion, caramel and apple are a combination made in heaven but when I Googled recipes, I didn’t come up with anything that grabbed me by the throat, so to speak. So I took basic sponge cake quantities and hoped for the best 🙂
Preheat oven to 160C and grease an 8-inch ring tin.
6oz self-raising flour
6oz butter, softened
6oz light brown sugar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground mixed spice
1/4tsp ground cinnamon.
2 eating apples, cored and diced
85g light brown sugar
1tbsp golden syrup
50g condensed milk
Whisk everything for the cake together in a large bowl till smooth, creamy and well mixed. Fold in the apple, scoop mixture into the tin and smooth the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, till firm and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Leave in the tin for 5-10 minutes, then turn out on to a plate ready for the topping. Gently heat together the butter, sugar and syrup till the butter’s melted and the sugar dissolved, then add the condensed milk. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil, then stir just for a minute or two till it starts to thicken. Pour into a bowl, leave to cool and thicken further for a few minutes, then pour over the cake.
And although I do say so myself, it was delicious. I’d never have thought it but the spice combined with the caramel and juicy apple was a brilliant flavour combination and the apple bits kept it beautifully moist (sorry).
Definitely a winner, I reckon, and a good alternative to Christmas cake, which is why it’s this week’s contribution to this:
There are so many good ideas on the 12 Weeks posts, hosted by Brenda; so many I need to try… all in the purposes of research of course 🙂
Edit: Reader Joanna asked on my last post whether I’d add conversions to American cup measures but I’d already made this by then! I will try for future recipes…