Autumn raspberries are a delight. They start to ripen in early August when you want to shout at them to slow down – it’s not autumn yet. Then they keep on coming, handfuls at a time in my garden and in small bucketfulls at the allotment.
I harvested these at the allotment at the weekend and hid them away in the freezer to be brought out in the depths of winter. But they are best eaten fresh, or mixed with other fruit in summer puddings or cakes. Another fruit that they mix well with are apples and this is where the timing of the autumn raspberries is perfect. The apples in my garden are not quite ready for picking but they’ve been dropping a few windfalls, so I was very tempted to make an apple and raspberry cake. The problem was, though, with my empty nest, with my boys away from home and even my husband away on work business for a few days, it seemed positively sinful to make a cake for just me to eat. I was saved this evening by a phone call from my elder son, popping home for a couple of days. What better to welcome him back with than an apple and raspberry cake? All I needed now was to find a recipe. I couldn’t find the one I thought I’d used before so I’ve adapted another apple cake recipe:
Apple and raspberry cake
- 125g butter
- 125g sugar
- 1 egg
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 large cooking apple
- 50g (or a handful or so) raspberries
- Melt the butter in a pan and leave to cool slightly
- Add the sugar and the egg and beat well
- Add the flour and beat the whole mixture well
- Take half the mixture and press it into the bottom of a loose bottomed cake tin
- Cover with sliced apple
- Sprinkle the raspberries on top
- Cover the fruit with the other half of the dough mixture
- Bake in an oven at 180c Gas mark 4 for about 45 minutes
It’s still in the oven, so I don’t know how well it will turn out! I’m hoping it will be something like this one that I made a couple of years ago But here is a picture of the apple (one of the magnificent Howgate Wonders my annual opportunity to tell you who wonderful they are indeed)
And here is a picture of the cake in mid-production
Now I just have to wait for it to cook and for my son to appear so that I don’t have to eat it all myself.
Cake successfully made, musicians invaded, bike workshop set up in kitchen
marrow cooked and consumed
and cake partially hogged:
A successful visit!