This is one of those cakes that doubles as a perfect dessert for dinner guests. Whether you serve it warm with a dollop of creme fraiche or clotted cream – or even ice cream, while you’re at it, because who doesn’t love that? – it’s also delicious served up with a cuppa and a chat. And after all the social distancing, it could just be that the cuppa and chat are the most precious accompaniments of all.
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- 8 oz/225g self-raising flour, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 4 oz/115g butter
- 6 oz/170g granulated sugar (preferably golden)
- 2 large free-range eggs - beaten
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 4 oz/115g blueberries
- 6 oz/170g apricot jam
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 190C (or 170C if fan oven), gas mark 5, then grease and cover the bottom of an 8“ springform cake tin with greaseproof paper.
- Add the butter to the self-raising flour and salt and rub in until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add 4 oz/115g of the sugar (i.e. not all of it!) and eggs and stir well.
- Spread half the mixture in a thin layer in the tin then layer sliced apples and blueberries over the mixture (leave some fruit to one side to decorate the top of the cake)
- Sprinkle in the remaining 2 oz sugar, spoon in the rest of the cake mixture. Add the remaining apple slices and blueberries and press them gently into the mixture.
- Bake for 45 - 55 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch. Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake - if it comes out clean then the cake is cooked.
- Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then take out and cool on a rack
- Warm the jam and lemon juice in a small pan until evenly combined. Sieve the liquid and while it is warm, brush it over the top of the cake. Serve immediately.
Hot tip - great served with dollops of creme fraiche as a dessert, but just as delicious served with a nice cuppa!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g
Nutritional data provided is a guideline and will vary according to precise ingredients used and how large your home-made portions are.