Bonfire night

Every year we celebrate with some neighbours and friends the 5th November in the beautiful walled garden. A bonfire and some delicious food of course.

This year I made this delicious, Apple and raisin cake.

5 red apples

100gr of raisin

1/4 of glass of brandy

1/4 of glass of hot water

3 eggs

125gr butter

125gr caster sugar

10gr baking powder

150gr milk

vanilla seeds of 1 pod

250gr flour

a pinch of salt

some brown sugar, just to sprinkle the cake

Preheat the oven to 180 °. Put the raisins in a glass together with the hot water and brandy. Peel and cut 3 apples in little cubes.

Cut the cold butter into small pieces and put into a mixer with the eggs, sugar, the seeds of a vanilla pod, and lastly add a pinch of salt. Blend everything at medium speed.

Sift the flour and baking powder in a bowl, then gradually add one spoon at the time into the mixer, alternating with the milk.

Continue to whisk until a smooth and fluid mixture is obtained. Pour the mixture into the apples and add the raisins previously drained.

Remove the core but do not peel the remaining apples, then cut into quarters.

Slice thinly with a mandolin. Grease and flour a 24 cm diameter baking dish.

Pour the cake dough into the baking dish and level the surface.

Arrange 4 slices of apple to the 4 “cardinal points” of the dish. Press gently to sink the slices of apple and continue to arrange them along the perimeter, side by side trying to create a ray pattern. In the center, position the slices to create a rose pattern.

Sprinkle the surface of the cake with brown sugar; bake for 50 minutes, on the lower shelf.


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