Monday, 22 September 2014

Apple Crumble Cake

I used to make this recipe as a large slab cake which, when cold, would be cut into chunky slices and help sustain the men in my life through the 'home from school time' until 'evening meal time'.
My youngest stepson Laurence would help me make it - diligently working his way through a large pile of apples - peeling & slicing whilst I made the sponge mix & crumble.
These days I make them as muffin cakes - usually it's only the two of us around to eat them, and a whole slab cake is much to big for us - well, we would eat it - but on refection, probably shouldn't - so to keep temptation out of our way I just make half the mix as muffins.

Having picked a large crop of apples this year I decided to turn some into these muffins. They are relatively easy to make but a bit time consuming - if you don't have a helper to peel & slice......

The cakes come in three parts:-

The cake base

4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
4oz flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon

The middle apple layer

I allow 1 apple for two muffins - so for a twelve muffin tin I used 6 apples!
A little lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble topping

4oz flour
2oz butter
2oz sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 oz Nutty granola cereal

12 tin muffin tray & muffin cases

Pre heat oven 160C/Gas 3

First off prepare you cake mix.

Do this exactly the same way as I made it for my blueberry cake - adding the mayonnaise and cinnamon before you add the flour. The mayonnaise is a strange thing to add to a cake but it does make the mix more moist - I got the idea from a novel I was reading, thought about it, googled it, found others had done it, tried it, it worked and so, passed it on to you...........

When you've made up your base mix pop it into your muffin cases ......

 Set aside whilst you prepare your apples

Core & slice your apples. I sometime peel them - it depends on the apple! if the peel is thin then I leave it on and in the case of these apple the colour added to the look of the cake. But if the apples have a tough, green skin then I would definitely peel them.

Once you have prepared all your apples pop in a bowl and squeeze on a little lemon juice (to stop them turning brown) - then coat with the sugar & cinnamon.......

Divide the apples amongst the muffins laying on top of your base mix - I put about 4 - 6 slice per muffin.....

Next make up your crumble - just pop the butter;sugar and flour into a mixer and blitz for a few minuted until they form pea size balls. I like to keep it a bit uneven - then tip in a bowl and mix in your granola & cinnamon...

Sprinkle the crumble mix on to the top of your muffins

Pop them in your pre-heated oven for about 25 - 30 minutes.....

You can eat them hot, you can eat them cold, you can eat them with cream, you can eat them with ice-cream or you can eat them with custard..........

You could eat them hot with custard and then cream poured over them.............

Either way you have them - they are simply scrummy-autumnal-deliciousness......

Happy Monday X
 Apple crumble cake