I know I keep writing about how I don’t like cooking, but sometimes, just sometimes, I might be found in the kitchen, tinkering. The results of my tinkerings are variable. The other day, for instance, I tried to make a savoury pancake for supper. I simmered the filling: onions, mushrooms, etc., in white wine. I then added what turned out to be far too much batter. I burnt its bottom in the frying pan. I burnt its top under the grill. The middle wouldn’t cook, so I put it in the microwave. For a very long time. Neither my husband nor I could chew a single bite! I reckon I’d have had more success chewing at the sole of my shoe. We cried laughing! And ate something with chips.
This cake, however, was a huge success. I adapted it from a recipe for Swedish Apple Cake and I got it from The Cake Hunter – a sumptuous blog run by Sophie, who lives and works in Stoke-on-Trent, a town long famous for its potteries.
My cake succeeded maybe as a result of the failed pancake, because I suspected that substituting mixed red berries for apple would make it more moist. I didn’t want a soggy middle situation on my hands again! So what I did was half the amounts of the ingredients so that I ended up with a smaller area to cook. Whether that was a logical assumption or not, I can’t say. I also substituted cinnamon for fresh-ground cardamom pods. Cardamom is delicious with apple. I had no idea what it would taste like with red berry fruits. It was delicious and different.
I cooked the cake, at 170 degrees C, in a fan oven, for an hour, in a greased china soufflé dish (about 5 inches in diameter), which I also lined with cooking parchment.
The cake was very light. And as you can see from the cross-section, the fruit didn’t all sink to the bottom.
I gave half to some friends who’d invited us to dinner and my husband and I ate the other half. I haven’t heard from my friends since. Hope they’re alright.
Try it! If I can do it, anybody can! Here’s the link to Sophie’s recipe for all the other instructions: http://www.thecakehunter.co.uk/2012/12/swedish-apple-cake.html
Thank you Sophie. You’ve just ruined my diet.