I have a big bag of windfall apples, plus our own little trees are finally producing some nice fruit. This is great, but I eat most of the apples in this house and my tooth is still a bit odd so they aren’t getting eaten! This is a great way to use them up. I usually resort to apple pie or crumble, but I thought I would make a cake for a change. This one is packed full of apples and is lovely by itself or warm with custard. It is adapted from the Best of Sainsbury’s Baking and is an old favourite.
125g (4 oz) butter
350g (12 oz) caster sugar
250g (8 oz) plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp mixed spice
750g (1.5 llb) apples (recipe calls for desert apples, but I have used cooking apples as well and they are fine)
125g (4 oz) chopped mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 150C/gas mark 2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour, soda and spices and fold in, then mix in the apples and nuts. Work together well, then turn into a well greased baking tin about 9x 13 inches. Bake for 1.5 hours, then check to see if cooked and cooker for a further 15-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine cooked in 1 hr 45.