The Apple tree is covered in rosy apples clinging to its branches which look as if they have been placed there as Christmas Decorations.
We will be picking them from the tree and the ground and making a delicious Norwegian apple cake to eat on Boxing Day! The recipe was given to me on a recent visit to Sogndal in Norway.
Norwegian Apple Cake
Sufficient for 6-8 people.
3 small dessert apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
150g golden caster sugar
3 free-range eggs
225g plain flour
2 level tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
5 tbsp milk
2 tbsp demerara sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Butter and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin.
Peel, core and slice apples into thin wedges and sprinkle with the lemon juice to stop them browning
Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Add the milk in small amounts, beating well to obtain a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into a well-greased flat cake tin. Arrange the apple slices neatly on the batter, starting from the centre and spiralling out to the edge.
Sprinkle the demerara sugar and cinnamon over the apple and batter before baking in the middle of your oven for 40–45 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown. Leave to cool in the tin. Release the cake by running a palette knife around the edge and gently turn out onto a rack to fully cool.