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Recipe of the Week: Bobbing Apples Cake

Bobbing apples

Who remembers bobbing apples from childhood?

This was always one of the games at my birthday parties until one of my friend’s got too worried that it would ‘ruin her hairdo’ – we were 11!!

This clever, seasonal and scrumptious cake pays homage to this classic game.


Bobbing Apples Cake

Bobbing Apples Cake



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What is bobbing for apples?

Bobbing for apples has been an autumn tradition for hundreds of years. Despite its presence at Halloween parties and festivals today, however, its origins are more rooted in love and romance than tricks and treats.

In fact, it began as a British courting ritual, popular among young ladies and their potential beaus.

Read more from history.com


Bramley Apple Week | Recipe: Spiced Apple Cake

Spiced apple cake recipe


Bramley Apple Week

The Most Requested Dairy Diary Apple Recipe

Ever since childhood, when summer seemed sunnier, the grass seemed greener and those apples plucked from the boughs of my Grandad’s tree tasted like the most delicious fruit in the world, I’ve loved apples.

Needless to say, I don’t need much encouragement to eat or cook with them. And as it’s Bramley Apple Week this week I am using it as an excuse to bake a recipe that’s been requested on numerous occasions by customers who have lost the original.

Printed decades ago in a very eighties Dairy Diary, the original photograph of this apple cake doesn’t really make you want to dash in the kitchen and don your apron. However, after so many requests, it must be a good ‘un, so I’m going to give it a go.

Recipe: Spiced Apple Cake

Spiced apple cake recipeServes 12
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Self-raising flour 350g (12oz)
Mixed spice 2 tsp
Butter 175g (6oz)
Soft brown sugar 175g (6oz)
Raisins 225g (8oz)
Egg 1, beaten
Milk 200ml (7fl oz)
Bramley apples 2, peeled and sliced
Demerara sugar 25g (1oz)
Clear honey to glaze


Spiced apple cake recipe


1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Lightly grease and line a 20.5cm (8in) diameter deep cake tin.

2 Sift the flour and spice into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the soft brown sugar and raisins, than add the beaten egg and milk and mix to a soft consistency.

Spiced apple cake recipe3 Spoon half the mixture into the tin, cover with half the apples and then top with the remaining mixture. Decorate with the rest of the apple slices and sprinkle with demerara.

4 Bake for 1¾ hours (cover with foil if the apples are browning too much) until browned and firm to touch.

5 Cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove lining paper and glaze with warmed honey.


Spiced apple cake recipe






Fruity Baked Custard

This fluffy pudding is perfect autumnal comfort food.

Fruity Baked Custard

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Calories per portion 289 Kcal
Fat per portion 17g of which saturated 8.2g
Serves 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Cox’s apples 2 large, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Plums 225g (8oz), halved, stoned and cut into wedges
Butter 15g (½oz)
Sugar 40g (1½oz)
Ground cloves ½ tsp
Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
Eggs 4
Soured cream 142ml tub

1 Put the apples, plums, butter and half of the sugar in a large frying pan. Cook over a low heat until the fruit is softened, stirring continuously. Add the cloves and cinnamon. Stir well and remove from the heat.

2 Separate the eggs, so the whites are in a mixing bowl and the yolks in a small container. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold the eggs very gently into the fruit. Wipe out the bowl and then beat the egg yolks with the soured cream and fold gently into the fruit.

3 Cook over a low heat until the mixture has set. Then sprinkle with the remaining sugar and brown under a hot grill. Serve immediately, while hot, with soured cream or natural yogurt.

Cook’s tip
If your frying pan has a plastic handle, take care it doesn’t melt when browning the custard under the grill.


Recipe taken from the Just One Pot.

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National Bramley Apple Week

The ‘King of Cooking Apples’ enjoys its title because of its unrivalled taste and texture. This combination enables cooks to use it in a huge variety of both savoury and sweet dishes.

Bramley ApplesThe first Bramley tree grew from pips planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, in her garden in Southwell in 1809. Matthew Bramley (local butcher) bought the cottage and garden in 1846 and ten years later Henry Merryweather (local nurseryman), took cuttings from the tree and started to sell the apples bearing the owners name.

The original Bramley apple tree still bears fruit and today is responsible for a £50 million industry in the UK.

The English apple is a favourite orchard fruit. Did you know there are over 2,300 varieties of dessert and cooking apples and over 100 cider apples?

Why not join in the fun?
Prepare a wonderful apple dessert such as Eve’s Pudding from the forthcoming Dairy Book of Home Cookery, 2012 edition due out in the autumn?

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Autumn and Apples

Last night, we enjoyed some delicious home-made toffee apples at our local firework display.

Fresh, hand-picked apples coated in a crunch sweet toffee – delicious and every dentist’s nightmare!

Baked home-grown appleWhat a naughty but very nice way to use up a glut of home-grown apples. I always inherit bags full of garden-grown apples from my parents. They grow eating apples, which are perfect packed with raisins and cinnamon and microwaved for a couple of minutes until soft and steaming. Of course, all the family love stewed apple served with piping hot custard too.

My Grandad was always a big fan of cheese and apple sandwiches, an unusually tasty combination which has been seen in the Dairy Diary in years gone by. I personally, love it made with Camembert and slices of Cox apple on a seeded roll.

For a surfeit of home-grown cooking apples why not try Autumn chutney from next year’s Dairy Diary?

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