I have a little apple tree in our garden- I think it is about 4 years old now. This year it was so weighed down with apples that some of the branches were touching the ground!

On Sunday we were going to see Andy’s family, so on Saturday I made an apple cake. Again, from the Clandestine Cake book (honestly the best ever cake recipe book). This one involved cooking apples in juice with spices.


In there is star anise, cardamon pods, cinnamon and nutmeg. It smelled amazing, so when it had finished I made some more to have with yoghurt.


Then you lined the tin with butter, a bit of brown sugar and a sprinkling of flaked almonds, poured the apples on, and then topped with the cake batter.

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Once baked, I left it to cool in the tin for a while before carefully turning it out.

It was delicious. I love cooked apples and the spices were perfect with it. The star anise was really unusual, but went really well.

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Another favourite to add to the list!

What would you do with a load of apples? I think a crumble might be next, if the weather cools down!

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15 thoughts on “Apples”

  1. I’d love an apple tree! Any fruit bearing tree actually… And that cake looks lovely – perfect for autumn. Apple crumble was the first thing I ever baked so I have a special love for it – I vote that comes next too!

  2. AMAZING. I’d love an apple tree. Though saying that I am so fussy with the apples I snack on I rpobably wouldn’t eat any of the apples from the tree! I do love apple crumble though. Ahhh heavenly! And Dorset apple cake. I love the crunch of the sugar on top contrasting with the squidgy apple pieces.

    1. Thanks 🙂 We do have fruit at the allotment too, although I have not been for a few weeks so now the weeds have probably won again…

  3. My Mum used to have an apple tree in her garden but removed it to make space for a larger veg patch. I love raw fruit but don’t like the warm and mushy texture of any fruit that has been cooked. I do love cooking for other people though so if i had a load of apples I’d probably make some apple pies to hand out to friends.

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