Usually when our anniversary rolls round we are up to our ears in some house project. If we were smart we’d do a trip or something fun like we did a few years ago. But then again the list won’t take care of itself!
A big project is to redo the wrap around porch which means pulling up boards and lay new ones down as we go. When most of it was done it was time to get in a skip to get the trash removed. Silly me, I thought we could work on our foyer and walk in closet. Might as well fill the skip up!
What was I thinking? Granted it will cross two more projects off the list. But we’re tired! In the days leading up to our anniversary my husband took a few days off to make a dent in the projects. When our anniversary rolled round we hit a wall where my husband had to handle things as I was unable to. I felt guilty! So I thought I should bake him a treat. It was the least I could do.
Given that we went apple picking and we have a ton of apples I had to pick something that would use some up. I have a great book called “Irish Traditional Cooking” by Darina Allen. In it is a recipe for Irish Apple Cake. I mostly followed it.
Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
In a medium sized bowl add 2 cups of flour, 1/3 tsp baking powder, and 8 T of butter. You want the butter at room temperature so you can blend the ingredients. With a pastry fork or your hands work the ingredients together until it looks like breadcrumbs or small beads.
Mix in half a cup of sugar then add one beaten egg.
You will need 1/2 to 2/3 cup of milk. Gradually add a little bit of milk at a time until the dough is soft and incorporated. This dough will be a pain to work with as it is wet and sticky. Flour your hands and rolling pin to work with it.
Grease a 9″ spring form pan. Roll out half of the dough and place it in the bottom of the pan.
There is a good chance you’ll have to patch holes with this so don’t be discouraged. Press the dough up the sides a bit. Slice a couple of apples and layer them round the middle. Sprinkle brown sugar over the apples.
Roll out the rest of the dough and place over the apples. Brush with a beaten egg.
Bake for 40 minutes or so until the dough is cooked and a nice golden colour.
Good luck waiting until this cools. Slice and serve.
My husband did appreciate this with a cup of tea when he got a chance to take a break and sit for awhile. :)