It seems to me that wonderful Mother Nature woke up one morning and decided it was autumn.
I’m not complaining, I like the sunny days with the slight chill in the air. Woolly jumpers, hats, leaves.
It’s like living in a movie.
One thing autumn means in this household is apples.
I live in the house I grew up in and in the garden is a wonderful cooking apple tree. For as long as I can remember we have always had delicious apples every autumn. This tree saw me grow and will see Sidekick grow. Maybe not into a woman but maybe to a toddler. The tree is rocking 120 years plus, she’s now bent over, tired, I think.
We are saving seeds from her fruits to see if we can grow offspring.
Anyway I’m rambling.
This weekend was one of those where you stay around the house doing things that need doing, playing with Sidekick, just being together as a threesome. It was nice.
I am in awe of my baby girl, she’s so big now. Tackling life with gusto.
As we have a lot of apples, Side kick has been enjoying them stewed. No sugar added as there is absolutely no need, these apples are perfectly sweet.
I made for Hubby and me this cake. It could be given to Sidekick as its only sweetened with apples and a banana but it does have a good serving of margarine in it so I didn’t give it her. Maybe for her birthday….
This cake tastes like autumn. I seriously had to control myself to not eat it all!
Anyway this is what you need:
- 4 medium cooking apples
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsps. milk (unsweetened almond for us but you can use any)
- 220g margarine
- 150g oats
- 150g self raising flour
- 1 tsp xantham gum (leave out if using gluten flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp mixed spice
This is what you do
- Preheat oven to 180c and prepare a baking tin. I went with a square one
- Peel and cut apples into chunks.
- Cook apples, do not add sugar, so that they are stewed but there are a couple of chunky bits
- Mash banana
- In large bowl put all the dry ingredients and give it a stir
- Once apples are cooked take of the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Melt the margarine.
- Once cool add apples and banana to the dry ingredients. Stir. At this point it’s a very dry mixture so really use your elbow
- Now add the margarine and stir.
- Next I go the eggs and another stir
- Now the milk and one final stir.
- Pour the mixture into your baking tin. At this point I sprinkled on a few more oats a squished them down with the spoon.
- Bake for 30mins or until skewer comes out clean.
Enjoy the aroma, isn’t it heavenly?