Remember those windfall apples, well here is one rather lovely Apple Cake recipe made with some of them.
But this is not an ordinary apple cake, this one is enhanced further with both yellow and red beetroot. The two beetroot bunches that I picked up from the Fruit Machine have fed us well. I've made a few recipes with them such as Beetroot and Cauliflower and Paneer Curry; Beetroot Leaf KuKu; Balsamic Beetroot Tart (still to blog about) and now this Beetroot Apple Cake.
The pictures don't show it as well as I had wished, but the lightly sweet moist cake is speckled with red and yellow beetroot. The grated apple disappears, but you do taste it, whereas the beetroot has subtle undertones, it reminds you its there but not overly. And for the final touch as its quite plain in appearance, I have adorned it with some homegrown edible flowers. This cake is lovely for a picnic too or to take into work for lunch. It is for that reason I am sharing this with Jibber Jabber for Love Cake: Pack me a Picnic.
Beetroot and Apple Cake
Makes 1 x 8 inch round cake with removable base
225g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
115g butter, chopped into cubes
225g apples, peeled and grated
1 small red beetroot, grated
1 small yellow beetroot, grated
Optional: 2 tablespoons Demerara sugar
Heat oven to gas mark 4/180oc.
Grease and line a 8 inch cake tin.
Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, grated apples and grated beetroot thoroughly.
In a bowl, mix together the egg and milk and add it to the mixture.
Scrape carefully into the baking tin.
Sprinkle over the optional demerara sugar.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 50 - 60 minutes, or until the skewer comes out clean.
Allow to cool, before removing from the tin and enjoying. Adapted from this recipe.