New Year, New Comfort Food
Is it just me or is January a little sad? The fun of Christmas is over and it’s a loooong time till the next holiday. But January is a time for preparing for a whole new year. So this post is all about the year ahead for The Daisy Cake Cookbook whilst enjoying some comforting Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake.
Just before Christmas I tried my hand at some video blog posts, with Brownie Christmas Trees and a Festive Yule Log. They still need a bit of refining, but I loved the idea of being able to talk you through some of my best recipes. I have bought a couple of bits of kit that should make things better, and have a HUGE, and I mean very very long list of things to film.
Planning for 2019
I’ve got a shiny new diary and have started to schedule lots of posts. My head is quite frankly buzzing with lots of ideas….so a few things coming to The Daisy Cake Cookbook include Classic Bakes and Frostings, How to Decorate like a Pro, Seasonal Treats and Old Fashioned British Bakes – that one is something I’m most excited about.
So, most people know about the classics like Victoria Sandwich and Eton Mess, but have you heard of Bedfordshire Clangers, Maids of Honour Tarts and Malvern Pudding? Well, I have been doing some research and have found some amazing recipes. Some are long forgotten, some are regional, but all look scrummy and I’m going to give them a go.
I’m also excited to video a few great hints and tips for decorating your cakes. When we had the Cake Shop we would always get people popping in to ask advice on the cakes they were making. So I know there are some of you out there that have decorating questions. Questions like:
How do I make my cakes look more professional?
How do I stop them going lumpy under the fondant?
How do I stop a cake of more than one tier from falling over?
If you have any other questions, please just ask!!
Onto the Seasonal side of things, let’s get down to the nitty gritty straight away. This week we had the mother of all Monday mornings. It was the first Monday of the New Year. Many schools went back, many people went back to work, and let’s face it, it wasn’t a happy day!
Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake
A great traybake with a light apple sponge and crunchy cinnmon topping
- 225 gms Plain Flour
- 0.5 tspn Salt
- 1.5 tspn Baking powder
- 75 gms Butter or Baking Spread
- 75 gms Caster Sugar
- 1 Egg Free Range
- 140 ml Milk
- 1 Apple Chopped Approx 125gms
Cinnamon Crunchy Topping
- 25 gms Plain Flour
- 50 gms Granulated Sugar
- 0.5 tspn Cinnamon
- 35 gms Cold Butter or Baking Spread
Preheat the oven to 190c, 170c fan, Gas Mark 5, 275f
Grease and line an 8″ Brownie tin
In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt and baking powder
Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs
Mix through the sugar
Beat the egg and the milk together and add to the other ingredients mixing until you have a soft batter
Core the apple and chop into small pieces and stir through the mix. You can peel the apple if you want, but I didn’t bother.
Pour the mix into the brownie tray and set yo one side whilst you make the Cinnamon Crunchy Topping
In another mixing bowl put the flour, sugar and cinnamon and mix together
Cut the butter into small cubes rub into the dry ingredients to make a crumb.
Sprinkle over the batter in the brownie tray and bake for 35 -40 minutes, or until a skewer placed in the centre comes out clean
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the tin and slicing
We’re now mid weed, looking towards the first weekend of the year and I’m sure a nice comforting cake is just what you need to make things feel better. This cake was one I first baked back in Autumn, with apples fresh from our trees. But as cakes go, you can’t get more cosy than a cinnamon topped sponge filled with chunks of apple. You can serve this either warm from the oven or cold with a nice cup of tea.
How was the first week back for you? Have you got a plan for 2019? I’d love to hear it if you have!