Warm or cold, this cake with apple and a dark crumble topping is the kind of food I like to eat at home. I’m reliably informed it’s Bramley Apple Week in the UK. Seriously though, do we need a week to appreciate apples and cake together? I don’t think so!
As we say around here; “it’s mucky awuld weather” outside. The wind is howling up and down from the beach with drafts of pelting rain which are wet. I mean wet rain, as opposed to the lighter, drizzly stuff that makes it a soft kind of a day. This is harsh weather, it’s ruddy cold too.
I’ve a warming broth ready for when hubby gets home from work and the Apple Crumble Cake slice isn’t long out of the oven. Perhaps it’s not what everybody would call romantic but making the time to share a meal together when the kids are gone to bed is the best we can do lately. So I try to make the best food possible for us to dine in style.
Both dishes are proper winter warming material. Perhaps the best accompaniments to the cake will be a good pour of fresh cream and lashings of hot tea to wash it down. I’m still very much in love with the Avonmore Fresh Dessert Cream, the perfect side to match a classic apple tart or this Crumble Cake. The beauty of this cream is that it’s already slightly sweetened and half whipped. This is the source of much Christmas Day strife in our family as my hubby and their brothers vie for their “puddy” with pouring cream, whipped cream and both. I say hang the hassle, expense and just use Dessert Cream instead!
The recipe serves 16 people very comfortably. I bake it in a deep square earthenware dish. You need something deep to hold the 3 layers so that they don’t spill off over the edge. The cake section is denser than a normal Victoria sponge as you need it to hold the pieces of apple on top of the sponge, rather than them falling below the mixture.
- 6 Bramley Apples
- 1 Lemon
- 100g Rolled Oats
- 75g Dark Brown Demerera Sugar
- 75g Butter, softened
- 200g Caster Sugar
- 200g Butter, softened
- 2 Medium Eggs
- 250g Plain Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Peel, quarter and core the apples. The pieces should be large, not small slices. Put them into a large bowl, cover with water and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water. Stir well. This will stop them turning brown while you prepare the rest of the Crumble Cake.
Preheat your (fan) oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line your baking tray/tin well.
In a large bowl, beat the dark brown sugar and 75g of softened butter together until you have a brown, nearly fudge-colour batter. Stir in the rolled oats. It will get a bit clumpy, so use a fork to separate them out a bit.
Finally, to make the sponge, cream the remaining butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one by one, continuously beating so that you have a light batter. Once the eggs, butter and sugar are well mixed, add the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Beat well so that you get a stiff batter.
Spoon the batter into your lined baking tray/tin. Using the back of a wetted spoon (this stops the batter from sticking to it) smooth out the batter evenly. Next place the pieces of apple on top of the cake batter and finally sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Check the very centre of the baking tray with a cocktail stick/skewer after this time to see if any batter sticks. If you get a wet result, then bake for a further 10 minutes. If the skewer comes out dry and clean then remove the Crumble Cake from the oven.