Hope everyone is enjoying this glorious weather here in the UK. And half term too!!
Can't think where the time has gone, but seems ages since I last posted and every day seems to have been busy.
Made this cake earlier in the week with a large carton of strawberries that were just past their best for eating out of hand, and a lonely cooking apple lurking at the bottom of my fridge looking a bit yellow and sorry for itself.
Half the carton went for the cake, and the other half I pureed with a few spoonfuls of sugar and a little water and made a yummy strawberry sauce, or coulis, as my husband reminded me as it sounds more posh than sauce!
You can use as much or as little in the way of strawberries as you have available - obviously the more the scrummier!
This is my recipe adapted from another recipe which I got online ages ago, maybe from another blog in the days before I blogged, or from one of those random sites with recipes, I cannot remember so I cannot thank and credit the person who gave me the original base recipe. I have however experimented and changed it rather a lot so it may not be recognisable to anybody anyway!
STRAWBERRY , ALMOND AND APPLE CAKE
10oz plain flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
2 tblsp milk
3 tblsp ground almonds
Pre-heat oven to 180c
Thoroughly grease a deep loose bottomed cake tin with butter
Cook the apple in a pan with the water and sugar for approx 5 mins until softened.
Put all of the cake ingredients (minus the fruit and toppings) into a large bowl and mix until lighter in colour and fairly soft.
Add the cooled apple puree.
Put half the cake mix into the cake tin and tip tin until the mixture covers the bottom.
Place the strawberries on top of the mix.
Spoon the rest of the mix on top carefully, and spread gently to cover strawberries.
Sprinkle top of cake first with the demerara sugar and then the flaked almonds.
Bake in preheated oven 180C/350F/gas4 for approx 40-50 mins - test with skewer.
Goes well with cream and strawberry sauce as a pud, or on its own as cake.
Have managed to start a new crochet project, which will have to show photos of next week - am making large granny squares in cream, white and grey with pale pink - unusual for me to use such pale colours when crocheting, but I'm really enjoying making them - soothing!!!!
Was taken out for my belated birthday treat yesterday to Great Dixter in Northiam, East Sussex- Chrisptopher Lloyd's garden ( after stopping at Rolvenden in Kent for me to have a rummage through a little shop there, where I bought a beautiful original landscape painting for £20 - will have to show photo later when I have camera - and for hubby to have an impromptu haircut!).
A generous profusion of all types of flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs, beautifully but informally laid out, plants spilling over paths so you have to duck under and carefully tread over them.
It must be the best garden I've ever visited, and we didnt even get to see it all. Came away full of inspiration and contentment, really is a wonderful garden to visit if you are ever in the area.
No camera at present so you are spared the million and one photos there would have been had I had it with me!
Instead I shall have to share with you last weeks blooms from my own much more modest garden!
Purple campanula glomerata (?) in the background, red geum, but Not Sure about the lovely cream flower! (Sarah B tells me its Ixia. Thanks Sarah! )
White and blue love-in-the-mists (nigellas)
Butterfly on lupin (quite small little one)
Slipped my mind what this one is - how annoying!
(Ha! Finally remembered! Its a Sisyrinchium striatum i think.)
Got a wee bit stressed out this afternoon. Daughter had quick trip up to London this morning with friends to try on and choose their Prom dresses, and this afternoon was meant for Maths revision. But daughter has suddenly overnight managed to lose TWO calculators and has 2 Maths GCSE papers next week to revise for - we have just found out that one went home with a friend in error yesterday, but the other one who knows where!
Time for a glass of red wine in the garden I think - hubby out at cricket match, daughter working, feel I need it today!!!
Have a great weekend!!
Edited to add: just got back from a French market with Mr G, Bella and my parents - fantastic atmosphere with live music, wonderful cheese stalls, charcuterie, patisserie, fruit and vegetables, provencal tablecloths, baskets etc.
Treated myself to traditional french marketing basket with strong leather handles, very good price at £8 I thought! I have waited many years for one of these (never seemd to find them very cheap in France years ago when we visited annually) and am Loving It and feeling very French and elegant carrying it ;0 !!!
Soon filled it up with french cakes and biscuits, camembert, enormous heads of garlic, few french perfume advertising posters (so elegant and french, 50s style - will do photos soon when camera sorted) and hubby bought some french music!