Monday, 9 June 2008

Dutch Apple Cake

I really do wish I was better at taking photos of the recipes I post. It's a blogging failure that I hope I will be able to improve on at some point very soon!!!!

This recipe came to me via a good friend, who served these for afternoon tea one day when we were over there. I just had to take the recipe with me.

Dutch Apple Cake

3 apples
125g butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sultanas
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Peel & chop apples into sultana-sized pieces. melt butter and beat with eggs. Sprinkle sugar and butter mixture over apples. Add sultanas.
  2. Combine dry ingredients; add apple mixture and mix well.
  3. Spread into a greased ring tin (20cm)
  4. Bake at 180C/350F for 45-60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when tested.
To make into muffins, grease a 12 muffin tray (or use paper patty pans), and place equal quantities of mixture into each one. Bake for about 20 minutes.

* You can used tinned pie apples, chopped up rather than raw apples.
* You can omit the sultanas if you don't have them or no one likes them.
* I used some 'pumpkin pie spice' that someone sent me a few years back because I had no cinnamon. The ingredients on that pumpkin pie spice had the right things, plus ginger. I figured it would be fine.
* I forgot the baking soda. Oops, oh well...I couldn't tell!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funny name for this applecake and i like to read it!
I'm from Holland and the recipe doesn't look dutch for me. In Holland all-spice isn't an ingrediƫnt we usually use in this recipe or other dutch recipes. And nutmeg rarely in sweet stuff. Bakingsoda we cannot buy easily. We have to go to a pharmacie or a mediterrean shop.
The original dutch applepie has stripes of dough on top and is seasoned with cinnamon.
Nutmeg is an ingrediƫnt that was mostly used on vegetables.
I do make applepies, but don't have the patience to make the doughstripes, i make crumbs on top.
I have a very tasty and cheap recipe i make for birthdays and everyone loves it. It's a big applepie and i use a large cassaroledish for it.

600 gram all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
450 gram margarine for baking or butter (more tasty)
450 gram sugar
cinnamon
2 tablespoons sesameseed
apples

Make a dough of the flour, baking powder, margarine and sugar. Don't make it stiff, it has to stay crumbly. Take one third of it and set that aside. The two third left, make a stiff dough of it and put it nicely in the greased cassarole dish. Then peel and core apples and make small chunks of it. As much apples that the dish is almost filled.
Then take the crumbledough. Put some ground cinnamon in for taste (about 2 teaspoons)and the sesameseeds. Then sprinkle it over the pie and push gently on it. You can do some margarine on top for extra taste.
Then bake it about 40 minutes in a heated oven of 200 degrees Celsius till it looks golden brown.
Let it completely cool and serve next day with some cream with sugar. We call it 'slagroom'.

Annikka from Holland

Kim said...

Hi Tracy,
Thanks for the recipe, Will be trying it out this weekend hopefully, but might try Annika's recipe as well. You can never have too much cake, not in this house anyway.

Kim
Hereford ukjicyei

Tracy said...

Thanks Annika. I don't imagine for a moment that the recipe is authentically Dutch. That's just the name it came to me with. Perhaps it is based upon a once-Dutch recipe and has been 'improved' over time and as it has been passed along to others?

It is interesting to me that spices I find easy to buy are so difficult for you to have. I would've thought that in being so close to other European countries, that would not be so! Australia is far more isolated, after all!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Tracy,

The dutch names for some things, i find funny more often. Sometimes i read about a 'dutch oven'. In my entire life i've never seen such a thing in Holland. But perhaps it was indeed something dutch from hundreds of years ago and not common anymore here.
With food there is a lot different in Europe. Germany and Holland look much alike. But Germany is better, prices are lower and more organic stuff. My parents go for holiday there and bring some organic groceries for me. It's too expensive to drive just for groceries to Germany from the place we live.
In july we go to Scotland for the vacation. I'm looking forward to see the supermarket there. I love to see all the foods people eat :)
I think i buy a lot of baking soda there. It's cheaper overthere. And i hope for some vegan stuff i can't buy here (vegan cheeses, perhaps silken tofu)

In Holland we eat from a lot of different kitchens such as Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, American, France. And most people eat a lot of dairy products.
Food was inexpensive here till we get the 'euro' . Prices were rising terribly. Sometimes the price we'd paid was gone from gulden to euro. And 1 euro is 2,20 gulden.
Now prices are rising again. We are lucky we live in an area with lots of farmers so we buy fruit, vegetables and potatoes for a lower price and with better quality.

Annikka from Holland

Anonymous said...

I've forgotten something in the recipe. When the dough is in the cassarole make a lot of little holes in it with a fork and sprinkle some fine breadcrumbs over the dough. This helps preventing that the dough will get mushy.

Annikka from Holland

Heather said...

Hi Tracy
My name is Heather and I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident and have loved reading it. I have read back as far as May and will will read some more tomorrow. You certainly have been blessed with a gift to reach out to others in such a simple way. Your blog obviously brings both pleasure and support to people who are reading it so well done. I know I have enjoyed it immensely (smiles).
I am still navigating this site so I apologise if my request has already been posted but would you mind posting your recipe for Mousakka. I have always wanted to try making it. I look forward to reading it.
It is nice to "meet you" (smiles) and I hope that you have a wonderful afternoon.
Heather

Tracy said...

Welcome Heather. I always enjoy reading comments from those who stop by. I hope you enjoy the rest of your browse through my blog. Thank you for your encouragement ~ I do appreciate it!