I found this recipe in my collection of clippings from old magazines. In those days when the internet was not even a word, collecting clippings and buying cookbooks were the way to go. The first thing that attracts, of course, is the photograph; the apples were arranged so beautifully on top of the cake. I also happen to love cooking with apples as the smell and taste brings a warm feeling on cold days.
This cake is actually very simple to make, and has lemon as the background flavour instead of the usual spice. The best and distinctive characteristic is the texture. As is with a lot of Italian cakes, it was dense but not heavy. The long baking time produced a delicious crisp crust on the bottom and sides. The apple slices were sweet but just so and provided a good contrast with the cake.
My children asked for some vanilla custard to go with it. I made up some from a mix but you can make your own from a recipe. They were right, they tasted so good together.
3 dessert apples
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
125 gms./1/2 c. butter(or substitute)
3 medium eggs
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp, vanilla essence
1 tsp. rounded tsp. baking powder
3 tbsps. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
vanilla custard to serve
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