apples this month, but it was not to be. This recipe for Lord Lambourne Apple & Thyme Cake, came from an RHS Grow Your Own card that I think I picked up about four years ago when visiting RHS Rosemoor in North Devon. Anyway, I have plenty of apples from my mother's tree, the use of thyme seemed interesting and I could easily add chocolate chips into the mix so I started peeling apples.
- Cored, peeled and roughly chopped 3 apples (Cornish cooker / eater variety).
- Placed apple in a pan together with 25g cardamom sugar, 25g unsalted butter and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and simmered for a few minutes until soft, but not broken.
- Creamed 125g unsalted butter with 125g cardamom sugar, 100g light muscovado sugar and the leaves from 3 sprigs of thyme.
- Beat in 3 eggs - one by one.
- Sifted in 190g flour (1/2 wholemeal, half white and including 1 heaped tbsp Mesquite powder), 1 heaped tsp baking powder and 1 tsp cinnamon, then mixed.
- Stirred in the cooked apples followed by 50g milk chocolate chips (40%).
- Spooned into a 23cm cake mould and baked for 50 minutes at 150C.
- Allowed to cool for a while, then turned out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Mixed 1/4 tsp cinnamon with 1 tbsp icing sugar and dusted this over the top.
Oh well, six apple cakes down - at least as many to go!