Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Welcome Baby Chloe - Quick Apple Cake

For those of you that follow this page you are probably guessing that the reason I haven’t been around for a week or so is that yes I finally made it to the hospital & now have a gorgeous baby girl – Chloe. Both Michael & I are over the moon & loving every minute together as a new family. Today she is one week old & to celebrate I thought baking a cake was only due. As I haven’t really been up to any cooking yet, only having got back home on Saturday I kept things very simple & made a bit of an apple cake using yet again more Granny Smiths from the tree out the back.

This recipe comes from Stephanie Alexander’s ‘The Cooks Companion’. Very easy & was in the oven before Chloe cook utter a whimper of neglect. A nice cake to have with an afternoon cuppa.

Quick Apple Cake

2 cups peeled & chopped eating apple
2 tablespoons apple brandy, brandy or rum
140g unsalted butter
160g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
120g caster sugar

Soak fruit in spirit for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200c. Butter a 24cm ring tin or 22cm round cake tin. Melt butter & allow to cool. Sift flour & baking powder. Beat eggs & sugar until thick & fluffy & fold in flour mixture gently. Drizzle in melted butter, then fold in. Fold in apple & any juice. Spoon into tin & bake for 40 minutes until ckae is golden brown & tests clean.


Ellie said...

Congratulations on the arrival of the newest member of your family! :)

Truffle said...

congratulations! what a lovely name :)

Irene said...

Congratulations to you and hubby on the birth of Chloe. Such a lovely name

another said...

Congrats. Now get some sleep before the hormone high wears off :)

Cindy said...

Wonderful news! Am impressed that you're already back in fine cake-baking form. :-)

plum said...

Congratulations to you both! Although I'm slightly in shock that you're managing to bake with a newborn on your hands too!

Ange said...

Thks for the congrats. So far Chloe just sleeps & eats so making the most of her 'good' stage beofre the crying hits!

Anh said...

Ange, conratulation!

KikiMiss said...

I'm a little late...you beat me to it as I suspected you were "ahead" of me anyway. Well done, a beautiful little girl. I'm another reader that is more than impressed you are already baking up a storm, what an inspiration for Chloe. Keep enjoying this lovely time - you "sound" very happy.

neil said...

Congratulations on baby Chloe's birth. I'm impressed too that you're still baking, don't forget to sleep, okay.