Advent apples

Advent calendar update:

Teasel seedhead, snails (and why not? – this one was enjoying a broccoli seedling), spade and soil, jam and chutney, seedlings (the ones not being eaten by the snails), Bella looking for frogs in the pond.

And today’s advent window contained a lovely apple:

wp_20161130_012An inspiration to make yet more apple gingerbread from the neverending supply from my mother’s garden:

wp_20161218_0021Recipe here

Apple gingerbread *

(makes one loaf sized cake. Double quantities for a square cake)

  • 75g butter
  • 75g sugar
  • 75g golden syrup
  • 1 tblsp black treacle
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground ginger (or grated fresh ginger)
  • apple puree made from one large cooking apple
  • Glug of green ginger wine
  • 1 egg
  1. Grease and line a loaf tin (or large cake tin if using double quantities)
  2. Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle in a pan
  3. Sieve the flour and spices into a large bowl
  4. Beat in the syrup mixture, the apple puree, ginger wine and the beaten egg
  5. Pour into the cake tin and bake for about 50 mins at 180C /Gas Mark 4

*Recipe based on ‘The Apple Book’ by Jane Simpson and Gill MacLennan

Meanwhile the house has been invaded by returning assistant gardeners and their multiple friends – the house has been a little quiet these last few months so it’s just as well that there’s plenty of cake to fuel the youthful festive enthusiasm.

4 thoughts on “Advent apples

  1. That recipe looks good. Is there anything I could use to replace the Green Ginger wine? I don’t even know what it is, let alone know where to get it. O.o

    Not sure I would put snails in a calender! B-D

    1. ginger wine is entirely optional – just miss it out. In fact I forgot to add it to the latest batch. Without wanting to provide free advertising, I use the local Edinburgh Crabbies green ginger. I’m sure other makes exist and according to the internet you can make your own- but life’s too short 🙂

      1. It is VERY nice!
        I have to admit that I did have to leave it in the oven 10 mins overtime… Not sure why. I guess my oven must be running cooler than yours? *shrug*

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