Wonderful spiced batter is studded with tons of tart apples, in this Irish Apple Cake.
Being a food blogger, it seems like you need to be on top of every single food trend, or holiday, or be left in the dust. Many blogs have been posting St. Patrick's Day recipes for weeks, but I haven't really thought about it until last week. I figured I should get at least a few recipes up, for this time of year. It seems like every single blogger out there is posting some fun, imaginative, creative and unique St. Patrick's Day recipe. It's hard to post a recipe, without somebody somewhere thinking their idea has been copied. So, I decided to stick to more traditional recipes that you might possibly find in Ireland. Like this Irish Apple Cake.
It seems like anytime I send Hubby out to buy fruit, veggies and milk, he comes back with a bag of apples. So, I have a TON of apples in the fridge. I decided to look for Irish recipes that use apples. There are quite a few, but this cake really caught my eye. As the cake was cooking, the smell of the cloves and cinnamon were extremely intoxicating. When I opened the oven door to check if the cake was done, I was pleasantly surprised to see how pretty this cake looks. I let it cool, covered it and left it until the next day. After lunch we decided to slice into the cake and have a few pieces. The flavour was amazing. The cake is moist, studded with tart apple and everything is wrapped in a blanket of warm clove and cinnamon.
Irish Apple Cake
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
4 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease an 8-inch spring form pan and line bottom with parchment paper to fit. Sift flour, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves into a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the apples and sugar to the flour mixture. Stir in the eggs and enough milk to leave the dough stiff. Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Bake for 45 minutes until crisp and golden in color.
Run a knife around the edge of the spring form pan and let cool completely before removing the side. Serve with a drizzle of cream, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.
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