Apple Cider Cake

  
 So we’ve had a lot of rain in Bristol this summer. But it’s England, so yeah. However, a farmer told me when you pair that with mild temperatures, it can make for a good apple crop. Good apples make for good cider, and good cider is great! So I decided to take a trip to Rich’s Cider Farm located in Highbridge, Somerset, just down the way from Bristol.

  
There were tons of apples waiting to be made into cider. And you can smell the sweet scent of cider as soon as you step out of the car. There is a restaurant on site which does a nice carvery, if you book ahead in advance.

  
There is also a shop chock full of freshly cracked barrels of cider, ready to taste. They also have a great selection of cider brandy, cider vinegar, wine, beer, and lots of other treats. We picked up a 2 liter jug of sweet cider to drink, bake with, drink, and drink. 

  
This week’s recipe will utilize the drink and fresh apples nicely into a sweet, sticky, fall time cake.Here is what you’ll need:

 

  • 3 apples, peeled & chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup cider

  First, wash, core, peel, and chop the apples. These were given to me from a friend. I’m not sure what kind of apples they are, but they’ve been great to bake with so far. 
Next, cream the 3 tablespoons of butter and the 2/3 cup of brown sugar. Add the chopped apples and mix thoroughly.

  
Grease or line a rectangle baking pan with baking paper. Spread the apple mixture on the bottom evenly.

  
Next, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside for now.

  
You will then mix the butter, both sugars, vanilla, buttermilk, and egg together. If you don’t have buttermilk, simply add the juice of half a lemon to a cup of whole milk (that’s what I did anyway).

  
Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. As you stir, it will become a thick batter.

  
You will then add one cup of apple cider and mix carefully. Make sure you don’t leave any big clumps, but at the same time, try not to over stir. 

  
Once combined, pour the batter over the apples. Spread it out so it completely encases the fruit to the edge.

  
Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes at 350 C / 180 C. Once ready, check the center using a toothpick or knife. If it isn’t firm, bake for 5 more minutes at a time until set.

  
Let your cake cool completely before turning it over. If you don’t, it may crack line mine so beautifully did. Still looks great though, right? However, this lovely apple cider cake can be taken to a whole other level with the addition of an apple cider caramel glaze! Here is what you’ll need:

  

  • 1 cup sweet apple cider
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter

  
Combine all four ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a light boil. I made mine while the cake was cooling, but next time I’ll start it when the cake is completely cool.

  
Keep an eye on the caramel glaze, constantly stirring. You’ll want to reduce it quite a bit, to about 1/3 or so. I have a ceramic hob, and kept it on mark 4 which was hot enough without burning it.

  
Once it reaches a thick consistency to the point where it coats the back of a spoon, take it off the heat and let cool for at least 10-15 minutes. It will thicken as it chills a bit, but make sure it still retains a bit of warmth to easily spread over the cake. 

  
And there you have it!! Apple Cider Cake with an Apple Cider Caramel glaze!!! I used so many exclamation points because it turned out damn good! It may not be pretty and the presentation kind of resembles the way I felt walking outside today in the wind and rain. But hot damn if that bit of joy doesn’t just melt in your mouth! It’s sweet, gooey, and the apples make it nutritious! Well, good for your soul anyway. Where ever you are, I highly reccomend finding some local cider and freshly picked apples to create this beauty. I will definitely be staying in tonight to tackle this treat. Take care out there Bristol, thanks for reading, and happy eating!

  

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