I have a glut of apples. I've have been looking in a few books as to what to do with them. I am prefering to use them rather than freeze them at the moment. I found a few recipes for cakes, tea breads, scones and chutneys. The first thing I decided on was Chocolate, Apple and Rum Cake. Very nice! I was going to do some chutney, but didn't quite get to it as HK and I thought it would be good to go and do a bit of clothes shopping for Mary-Jane and get her some long sleeved T shirts and tops, not that Autumn is upon us with avengeance. I have all my ingredients (I hope!) to do two different types of chutney, and a few other bits and bobs that will either keep or can be frozen.
Chocolate, Apple & Rum Cake
200g caster sugar
125g chopped walnuts
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
200g self raising flour
3tbs dark rum
- Peel, core and cut apples into small pieces. Cover and soak in the rum, set to one side
- Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Mix in the eggs on at a time
- In a seperate bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix together
- Pour dry ingredients into the batter
- Drain the apples using a sieve, add to mix and fold in
- Pour into a greased and lined 26cm springform tin. Smooth the surface
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approx 45 minutes. I baked for 40 mins
- Leave in tin to cool, make holes in top with a skewer.
- Put rum, butter and sugar in a pan, gently heat until butter melted and mix is starten to thicken. Allow to cool a bit
- Pour the topping mix slowly over the cake, allowing it to soak in through skewer holes. I used a silicone pastry brush to spread the topping, worked well.
- Once cake is cool, remove from tin and eat!