Apple Tea Cake

6 May

I love a wintery Sunday when the sun is shining. Curling up with a book and a hot chocolate or watching an old movie on tv…. Oh wait, that was in my past life. The one I had before I became a mum! Whilst somedays I would love to do this once more, nowadays, spending a beautiful Sunday with my gorgeous little man playing in the sun is absolute perfection.

I don’t know what it is about the cooler weather, it has me wanting to make delicious treats. You know the ones…. That you serve slightly warm with cream and ice cream and are in no way good for you. No wonder they call it comfort food!

On today’s menu was this yummy apple tea cake. I made the cake while Thomas was having a rest. He said he didn’t feel like cooking today but that wasn’t going to stop me. I was about to put the apples on when Thomas joined me in the kitchen and helped with this part – and licking the bowl!

 

  • 2 apples
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 1 2/3 cup (250g) self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (not fan-forced). Grease and line base of a 23cm springform cake pan.
  2. Peel and core the apples, and cut into segments. Toss the apples in lemon juice and half the cinnamon, then set aside.
  3. Take 50g each of the sugar, butter and flour, place in a bowl with the remaining cinnamon and rub together with your fingertips.
  4. Place eggs and remaining sugar in an electric beater and beat until very light and fluffy. Melt remaining butter and pour into egg mixture. Sift in remaining flour, then fold in carefully until combined.
  5. Pour into the pan, and carefully lay the apple slices over top. Sprinkle with the crumble mixture and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with icing sugar.Tip: I found that the cake sank somewhat in the middle (not that it matters at all to the taste) next time I would most of the apples around the edge with just a few in the middle. I think maybe I put to many in the middle causing the sinking.
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