Hello Everybody, are you ready for a lovely Somerset Apple Cake recipe?
Those of you in the Northern hemisphere should hopefully be enjoying an abundance of beautiful British apples, but apples are usually available all year round these days wherever you live.
Growing up as a child, in a low income, country environment, apples were a staple of daily life. You could actually say, that being poor helped protect my teeth, as we couldn’t afford lots of sweets, biscuits or processed foods. Whenever my brother and I asked for a snack or something to eat, we were always told by my mother “have an apple!”.
Thankfully, the constant supply of apples didn’t put me off them, basically because they are so versatile.
So, what can apples do for your health?
Firstly, apples make a fantastic snack for the kids when you are out and about.
Well, they are packed with antioxidants which help protect our cells from damage from pollution and UV rays.
They are high in fibre, so are great for the digestive system – #healthygut
Apples are also packed full of vitamins that help your immune system function and can even help to break down fat – so a great snack for us mum’s too!
At this time of year, many neighbours and friends may have free apples to give away, so your healthy snack doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
What else can you do with apples?
Well, don’t forget you can stew eating and cooking apples down to use for an apple sauce for the Sunday roast, or add to warming crumbles and apple pies or spoon over your morning porridge or Greek yogurt. You can also remove the core from the middle of a whole apple, stuff the middle with dried fruit and drizzle with honey for a Bonfire night baked apple or evening dessert.
A family favourite is Somerset Apple cake – yes, the New Leaf family does eat cake! Everything in moderation.
So, remember “An Apple a Day” will help to keep the doctor away!.
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Somerset Apple Cake
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 Food mixer optional
- 1 square or round baking tin 20cm x 20cm
- 170 grams soft butter
- 170 grams sugar
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 170 grams Self Raising flour
- 1-2 sweet apples peeled and diced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Add the beaten egg, mixing well
- Stir through the self raising flour and cinnamon
- Stir through the diced apple
- place into greased and lined baking tin
- Bake for 30-45 minutes at 180C, unil a knife inserted in the middle comes out cleanly.
- Allow to cool in tin, before turning out and cutting into slices.
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