Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Apple Shortcake

Sometimes the old ones are the best ones. Old friends. Old jumpers completely soft from so many washes. Old jokes and old memories. Old films. Old recipes!DSC_0226This apple shortcake is a recipe from my Granny, which she had printed in a WI cookery book years ago. It was one of my Dad’s favourites when he was little – he even had it instead of a birthday cake one year. It is super simple to make, and a very good way of getting rid of a glut of apples from an apple tree. The shortcake is made of two thick layers of shortbread – so they go almost cakey in the middle – with a layer of sliced apple in the middle. Easy!DSC_0239The cake is very moreish and perfect for afternoon tea because it isn’t really heavy or rich like a big slice of layered cake. My Mum and I considered adding a drizzle of icing on top but it really doesn’t need it because you don’t really ice shortbread and the simple caster sugar topping works just deliciously :) I’ve got the original instructions below, but for the shortbread you can just bung all the ingredients in a food processer and pulse until they begin to come together. Also, be generous with the apple because I only used one but I think it was more medium than large and I could have used more. Hope you enjoy!
Apple Shortcake, from my Granny
Ingredients: 6oz plain flour
3oz ground rice
6oz margarine
3oz caster sugar
1 large/2 medium cooking apples, peeled and cored

Method: 1. Sieve together the flour and ground rice. Rub in the margarine and add the sugar.
2. Knead and press the mixture until it forms a smooth ball leaving the bowl clean.
3. Roll out half to fit a lined 7in cake tin. Add thinly sliced apple. Add other half of the shortbread.
4. Cook for 30-40mins at 160’C. Remove from the oven and scatter generously with caster sugar when cooled. DSC_0243

9 comments:

Elra's cooking and baking said...

Oh, how lovely is this apple cake Lucy. I have a question though, is the ground rice the same as rice flour, or cooked rice then grind? I want to make this :) Thanks Lucy!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks wonderful! I am bookmarking your granny's recipe.

Cheers,

Rosa

Sarah @Scrumptious Sally said...

Hi Lucy,
Nice to see you posting regularly again, your blog is one of the ones I *always* go to if I see a new post on my RSS. Thanks for sharing this recipe and I agree, old recipes and hand me downs always give something extra special.

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

looks lovely! classic recipes are brilliant :)

Nom!

La Table De Nana said...

Ground rice:) Gotta love it..
I bet I try this Lucy..
I absolutely love:

Old jumpers completely soft from so many washes


I'm a granny:) I hope my little ones cherish my recipes one day~

Hazel said...

Definitely a good idea to bring up old recipes, sometimes they are the best! Sounds like a delicious cake.

cookie said...

hi lucy, great blog! this apple shortcake looks divine! i was wondering, if you have enough time, could you check my blog out, and see if you can help me to publicise? i've only just started up today, and you are my inspiration! http://2thekitchen.blogspot.com

thanks, keep baking!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Yum! I love baking with apples and this shortcake looks delicious! Grannies know best. ;)

Faith said...

What a lovely cake this is! Thanks so much for sharing your Granny's recipe...recipes from grandmother's always taste fantastic, don't they? ;)