I am not quite sure what came over me but I felt an overwhelming urge to bake cakes! Eldest actually came home from school and said this is like the olden days; I could be a chimney sweep coming home to cakes from my mum!!! Bless him, maybe I should cook more often if it makes him so nostalgic! I took some cakes over to my dad too and he almost keeled over in shock. Yes I do bake but VERY rarely so it is quite a noteworthy occasion, especially this time as it was not prompted by a campaign on my blog.
We had lots of apples from a neighbour so I decided to search out a recipe that would use them!
Half a block of butter
A teaspoon of vanilla essence
A pinch of cinnamon
Three apples I cut up roughly (already peeled)
Three handfuls of sultanas
2 cups of self raising flour
¾ cup of sugar
Cup of milk
I like baking using estimates because it seems a lot of effort to precisely weigh everything out each time, a cup of this and half a block of that (assuming the block is a regular size mind!) is much easier for me to follow.
The sultanas were soaked in hot water before being used which made them nice and plump. The oven needs to be set to 180 degrees Celsius, ideally do this as soon as you start so it has time to pre-heat.
Add the butter and sugar, then the vanilla essence and eggs. Shift the flour into the mixture and add the milk a little at a time, followed by the pinch of cinnamon.
Now add the sultanas (minus the hot water they were soaking in!) and the apple (you can grate this or just bash it hopefully with a fork I did the later!).
I then spooned out the mixture and added to the oven for 15 minutes.
Then enjoy with a cup of tea (after a hard day chimney sweeping!).