I'm lucky enough to have apple trees in the garden and this year they've produced loads of cooking apples. Here's one of the ways I've been eating them.



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 24cm (or thereabouts) cake tin with a removable base.
  3. Peel, core, and slice the apples into pieces about 3mm thick.
  4. Melt the butter. A microwave is good for this.
  5. Beat the eggs with the vanilla essence.
  6. Put the flour, sugar, and baking powder into a food processor and mix. If you're using unsalted butter then add a pinch of salt as well.
  7. Add the eggs and vanilla essence to the food processor and process briefly.
  8. Pour in the melted butter, and process briefly. You should end up with a fairly sludgy consistency.
  9. Put half of the sludge into the baking tin, cover with the apple pieces, the add the rest of the sludge. Roughly even out the mixture with a spatula and allow to stand for a few minutes.
  10. Bake the cake until it's done i.e. a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. This should take about 45 minutes. If the cake starts to burn, e.g. because you set the oven too high, cover it loosely with a piece of baking parchment.
  11. Remove the cake from the tin, then cool on a wire rack until desired. It's good eaten warm with cream or ice-cream, but is also good cold with tea. Assuming you can resist eating it all the cake keeps well for a few days.

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