Autumn and Apple Crumble Cake

 Following a really lovely summer it appears that autumn has arrived and settled in. I've always loved this time of year, I love layering up clothes, going for long walks, baking and suggling up in front of the fire.

At the weekend the weather was very good to us so we went to Hardcastle Crags for a walk. Its a lovely place. The beech trees were starting to change colour, it was a beautiful bright day and the kids ran around like mad things (when they weren't laying in tress pretending to be slothes. As you do). 

Early on Friday evening we had family visiting. I forgot to go shopping and didn't have much to offer except a coffee. I did have a couple of cooking apples and fancied making a type of German apple cake but every recipe I found (internet searching) took far too long or needed ingredients I didn't have. Then I found a recipe for Apple Crumble Cake, it was fairly quick - even quicker when I mixed it up in the food processor. I'm adding the recipe here so I can find it again. Basically its a sponge (made with dark sugar so it doesn't sink) with apple in the middle and topped with crumble. Everyone really liked it, and it was so easy.

Apple Crumble Cake

Oven temp 180 C / Gas 4 / Fan 160 C
tin : 23cm springform cake tin

For the Sponge
 100g butter
100g dark brown sugar
150g plain flour
50g cornflour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 eggs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
zest from half a lemon
 2 large cooking apples or 6 eating apples, peeled, cored and diced

For the Crumble

150g plain flour
125g butter
140g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the sponge: mix together the butter and sugars, add flour, cornflower and baking powder. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon Zest. 
Spread the mixture evenly into the  greased and base lined  cake tin. Sprinkle the diced apple evenly on top of the sponge.
For the crumble, in a bowl rub together the flour, butter, sugar and vanilla until the mixture resembles crumbs (or whizz it up in a food processor). Spread this mixture over the apples.
Bake for 40 -45 minutes.
Variation: add a pinch of cinnamon to the sponge mixture.

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