Spiced Apple Countryside Tea Cake
This week on instagram we’ve been sharing all of our favourite autumnal breakfast recipes. It’s the perfect time for warm stewed apples over porridge or an egg dish topping an array of hearty vegetables. Today we’re sharing a recipe by Alexandra Dudley for and afternoon treat -Apple Tea Cake. What better excuse to make this than harvest season? Head to your closest local farmers market and get baking!
A rustic bake with chunks of garden apple. Perfect for any less than perfect apples on the turn. Very good with a cup of tea after a long wet walk.
225g spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
115g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
115g light brown soft sugar
1 large egg, beaten
8 tbsp milk
230g apple, peeled, cored and chopped (you could use Bramley, Braeburn or Granny Smith)
icing sugar to serve
Preheat your oven to 180ºC fan. Grease and line a deep 8 inch cake tin.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together your flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and cinnamon.
Add the butter and crumble in with your fingers until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in your brown sugar.
Add your egg and milk and stir until you have a thick wet batter. Stir in your apples. Pour into your prepared tin and level the surface.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until slightly spongey in the middle. You should be able to insert a skewer and pull it out clean.
Remove and allow to cool for 20 minutes until removing from the tin. Turn out onto a plate and dust with icing sugar to serve.
Enjoy at room temperature or still slightly warm with a scoop of thick cream or vanilla ice cream if you like.
Words & Photography by Alexandra Dudley
A little side note, Alexandra has just launched her YouTube channel where you can watch her foodie interviews, learn new recipes and more!