I was lucky enough to be given a bag full of windfall pears during the week and as I am also lucky enough to have weekends off from work I decided to put them to good use today.
I do tend to be a creative but solitary soul and I am quite happy when I am on my own, at home, and making stuff. A little while ago I came across a recipe on my Facebook page for a one bowl apple cake which I have since made several times and it is always a hit…well, apart from with my middle son Michael who says he doesn’t like apples but will quite happily tuck into his great great Aunt’s apple pie….he reckons it is a different thing altogether….Admittedly, Aunty Fred’s apple pie is delicious….
But back to the apple cake. I figured that there can’t be that much difference, recipe wise, between an apple cake and a pear cake so just a quick substitution of the fruit content and I was off:
First, the recipe…
The original was in American terminology so I have, very kindly, translated it to UK measurements – ok, I had to for myself..what sort of measurement is a ‘cup’ anyway???
One Bowl Apple/pear cake
2 Heaped spoons cinnamon (although I prefer mixed spice)
120mls vegetable oil
6 medium apples/pears
2 teaspoons baking powder
300g self raising flour
- Preheat oven to 180
- In a large bowl mix the eggs, sugar, spices and oil. Peel and slice the apples/pears and mix straight into the bowl to prevent the fruit from turning brown
- Mix together the baking powder and the flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl.
- Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 or two 9 inch pans (I used two 1lb loaf tins)
- And ok, i cheated and used paper loaf tin liners…sometimes life is just too short ok?
- Bake for about an hour until a knife comes out of the mixture cleanly. Ideally, while this waiting time is happening you would now be having one of these…
- Unfortunately, I had to sort this lot…
- I guess we can’t have everything, but, at the end of the hour we do have this…
And that makes everything worthwhile. I recommend eating it warm with some runny cream.
Today is always a good day. x