Holidays!

It is day 6 of the holidays and I have a headache. I really need to drink more water! The boys have been really good-touch wood. So far today we have tidied one of their rooms, done the washing, coloured and sparkled easter egg cutouts and made cupcakes. I have given them an hour to watch the iPad-which gives me a little bit of peace. 

On Good Friday we had my Brother and Sister-in-law visit. I set about tidying the house and making a cake…

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Excuse the VERY bad iPhone pic! It was an Normandy Apple cake-delish…

Normandy Apple Cake

4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water

250g softened butter
1 cup caster sugar
4 eggs (at room temperature)
2 cups of self-raising flour (I used 2 cups of flour + 2tsp of baking powder)
1 cup milk
vanilla essence or vanilla bean
Cinnamon
Icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 180C. Place apples, brown sugar and water in a saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes (until apples are soft, but not mush!). Drain apples and leave to cool.
Using a hand held, electric beater, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the flour and slowly add the milk, beating to combine.
Pour batter into greased 28cm cake tin. Top with the cooled apple mixture and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top.
Bake cake for around 50 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
I like to sprinkle with icing sugar once it has cooled a little. This cake is delicious served warm, but is equally as nice after a day or two.

Well, I best use my hour of peace wisely…maybe a nap! 

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