It’s Friday! I think we could use a little treat, so a baking post is in order. This summer, we traveled around the United States visiting our family and friends so they can all meet our latest addition to the family, baby AH. Of course, we love visiting everyone, but when we visit our brother-in-law and sister-in-law in North Carolina, the food is unsurpassed. They live a homesteading life, which includes an orchard, vegetable patch, duck pond, chickens, rabbits, deer, and more. Each day is another homemade adventure earned with their hard work year-round. One day, my sister-in-law made fig preserves, another day she made a huge batch of pancakes with extras for freezing. Seriously, talk about superpowers. Her adulting skills leave me in awe.
Since she and I both love to bake, I gave her the book The Baker’s Daughter by Louise Johncox as a gift. It is uncommon enough she would not have it already and filled with classics from Louise’s family’s tea room in Weymouth, England. With apples eager to be plucked from their orchard and eggs from their henhouse, my SIL went about making the Apple Cake from The Baker’s Daughter Cookbook.
Eggs from their hens.
Their apple tree.
She chose some good ones.
Cutting up the apples.
Into the pan it goes.
Out of the oven and cooling in the pan, but still ready to pose for a photo of two.
A generous dusting of powdered sugar for the top and it is ready for the cake stand.
The result is not very sweet, but lovely with tea or coffee. If you prefer a sweeter slice, add a couple tablespoons of honey or more sugar to the cake mix.
It is perfect for your bumper crop of autumn apples! What would you have with it, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?