There has been more butter/sugar/chocolate in the last 20 days, my brain can’t even deal. Self induced gluttony. But oh…what a lovely gluttony it was. Now I need kale. And a carrot juice. oh god, please someone make me a carrot juice.
Or at least a strong cup of coffee. and what the hell, one more slice of cake.
This buttermilk tea cake is not too sweet. Which is a lovely alternative to all the winter goodies we have, undoubtedly, been eating en masse. This cake is baked with apples, and honey, and jam. All good things for when you come in from the cold and your feet are frozen and all you want to do is sit and admire your lovely (yet dying) christmas tree. Go ahead, light some candles, play that weird Muppets Holiday record, make a strong cup of coffee and (what the heck) pour a little bourbon in it.
“We ourselves must be the light to see by when all the world grows dark”.
Though it is belated, i wish you all a Happy Christmas, Merry Hanukkah, and a Most Pleasant New Year.
Apple Buttermilk Tea Cake
adapted from What Katie Ate:
185g (6.5oz) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup caster sugar
1.5 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
For the topping:
4 small green apples, peeled, halved and cored
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup jam, warmed (i used a lovely Peach/Blueberry)
1 T. honey
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Place the butter, cinnamon and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy.
2. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture, add the milk and stir until combined. Line the base of a 22cm (9 inch) spring-form tin with non-stick baking paper and spoon in the mixture.
3. To make the topping, cut a row of deep slits in each apple half and arrange over the top of the cake mixture. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples.
4. Bake for 50 minutes. Brush the cake with warm jam and honey and return to the oven for 10 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.