That's what Matteo (my son) has asked me today. No, I cannot. It is not the eating cake part, but the baking part that I kannot get out of my head.
One day maybe I will be as famous as Bakerella, not for the fame, but for the cake experience.
Anyway, back to baking.
This one is a pie without an actual pastry crust, it's made with batter. I baked it last week.
Here is the recipe:
3 cups self raising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
6-7 granny smith medium apples, peeled & grated.
1 tablespoon on sugar, extra.
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, depending on taste
Peel apples, then grate them with a course grater, and put them in a pan on the stove on slow heat with the butter & cinnamon.. Soften for a while then add the extra sugar, stirring occasionally. We are trying to cook the apples a bit, but do not want liquid. Drain the liquid and discard, if any. Let it cool completely.
With a mixer, Beat eggs with sugar untill pale, add vanilla essence, then add milk & flower, alternating, ending with flour.
Add oil in a drizzle and incorporate.
I like the cooked grated apple, but I gues you could use small chunks or slices of stewed apple instead, as long as it is not too liquidy.
What best to add to apple than cinnamon? Yum! It smells soooo nice!
You put half the batter in a deep 20x30 cm tray lined with baking paper. Level it nicely, then spread the apple (must be cooled) evenly on top, then top with the remaining batter and smooth again.
Then off it goes in the oven and then you wait. It needs baking in 175C fan forced oven for about 20 minutes, until cooked through when tested with a skewer. Mine went slightlhy brown on top.
I like it warm, and no, it does not need ice-cream or cream or anything else. That's how we had it as kids, plain, and that is why we were thin and healthy.
I like baked sweets, but do not understand why nowadays we are so determined to add layer upon layer of fat and sugar in our cakes, when they already are sweet enough on their own. But I digress...
I rushed a bit and did not level it properly, I was a bit impatient. My tummy does not care for these things much :).
It looks something like this.