The wind is bringing the apples down from the trees like nobody's business. I made this cake today from a few windfalls - well actually I made two, but we ate most of the best one -
Easy Apple Saucepan Cake
4 oz (100g) butter or margarine
4 oz (100g) sugar
1 cooking apple
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg (beaten)
8 oz (250 g) self raising flour
heaped tsp ground mxd spice
tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz (250g) dried mxd fruit or sultannas
6 or 7 glace cherries (chopped)
Line and grease a 1 lb loaf tin.
Peel and slice the apple. Microwave for 2 minutes in a suitable dish. Mash the apple up with a fork.
Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence into a medium sized saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted.
Remove from heat.
Add the beaten egg, apple, sifted flour, spices, dried fruit and cherries and stir well with a wooden spoon.
Scoop the mixture into the loaf tin and bake on a medium heat - about 180 degrees for about an hour.
To test whether it's done, insert the blade of a sharp pointed knife. If it comes out clean, it's done.
Allow to cool on a cooling rack
Slice, butter and enjoy.