Saturday, 30 June 2012

An oldie but an incredibly goodie

On my first date with the man who is now my husband he asked me what I liked to do for fun.  “I like to bake things,” I replied.   I could almost hear the bells and see the lights of the “Jackpot!” sign going off in his head.

One of the first things I ever baked for him was this deliciously easy apple pie cake of my mum’s.  It’s like the late-90s Toyota Corolla of the baking world – costs next to nothing, lasts forever and is almost impossible to ruin. 


125g butter
1 cup sugar
1½ cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
3-4 decent sized apples (I like braeburn), peeled and sliced
Cinnamon and brown sugar

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Melt butter.
Throw everything else in and mix well.
Pour into a greased and lined 20cm round cake tin.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer (if you’ve got one - I’m rough as guts and use a butter knife) inserted in the middle comes out clean.

That’s all there is to it.

I know from vast experience with this cake that it’s dangerously good while warm.  On more than one occasion, a small group of my friends (ably led by yours truly, of course) have polished off an entire cake before it’s had time to cool.


Thursday, 28 June 2012

I'm blogging!

If you already know me, I’m sure this blog comes as no surprise.  If not, here’s a little something to bring you up to speed:

If my life were a TV show, it would be Happy Days. Not because there’s an Italian-American bikie living above our garage – that’s not to say I wouldn’t let the Fonz move in if we had a garage – but because I swear I’m channelling Mrs C.   I love to bake and sew.  Heck, I’m even breeding gingers (and using words like “heck”). 

Before our little ball of awesome auburn came along earlier this year, I worked as a journalist and baked in my spare time.  Now there’s a little less writing and the cake tins are in the cupboard a little longer between stints in the oven.  To deal with that, I’m starting this blog and embarking on what has been christened Esther’s Great Baking Adventure – a personal challenge to bake something different every week.  I’ll be posting recipes and pictures here.

As well as writing and baking, I’ve recently developed a love for sewing.  When I couldn’t find the things I wanted for the nursery or the nappy bag, I made my own.  I discovered other mums wanted some of the same things, so I started selling them here.

Like a true fifties housewife, I’m always up for multi-tasking and have a million projects on the go.  I’ll keep you posted but right now I’m off to whip up this week’s baked goods. 

Have a great day,