We had food in the fridge, but there didn’t seem to be enough of anything to make a meal. What to do? Look up some new recipes! We had one orange, one avocado, a bit of lettuce, and two and a half apples. Weird, right. First, for recipe 31, we made a salad using a recipe from “Salad Days” by Amy Pennington. It’s supposed to have celery instead of lettuce, which apparently stays crisp all day if you want to pack it for a lunch. Anyway, chop your celery or lettuce, cube an avocado, and cut the peel off the orange and remove the segments from the membranes. You want to keep the juice that comes off. Mix the juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp honey, and chili flakes. Stir in the avocado, orange and celery, or lettuce. Season with salt and pepper.
So far so good. Then we tried to find something for the apples and came across a “River Cottage Everyday” recipe for an Almond Apple Pudding Cake for recipe 32. It calls for 4 apples, but the varieties it suggest are quite small like Cox’s, so I figured we would be okay with our larger Macintosh’s. Peel, core and slice the apples, not too thin. melt about a tbsp butter in a frying pan, and then add a tbsp sugar. We added some cinnamon. When it is bubbling start adding the apples. We did our in two batches. Fry them for roughly 5 minutes until they start to brown and are slightly softened. COOL!
These were delicious on their own. Beat 150g/1/2 cup butter with 125g/1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Add two eggs, one at a time, beating well inbetween. Add 75g self-raising flour, or 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour with a scant 1tsp baking powder. Also add 75g/ just under 1 cup ground almonds. Pour into a prepared 20cm/8 inch springform tin. Place the apples on top, with any juices, and bake at 170C/340F (I think) for 45-50 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean. Serve warm with cream, custard, or ice cream, or cold for a coffee morning.
This was a really moist, delicious cake, and there were leftover cooked apples for waffles 🙂 What a great recipe. We will try this again with peaches or plums, or maybe even grapes. Gosh, we have missed baking!
Apologies for the poor photos. The light this time of year is dismal some days, and I tried using my iPod instead of my iPhone, but the lens was not as good. Thanks for stopping by…
Cheryl and Becky