Crochet and Apple Cake

17th February

I may have moved over to the other side in the last week or two I have been knitting day in and day out on dpn and loving it and have been very neglectful of my current crochet blanket.   To make up for it, I  crocheted into the wee hours of the night so I would not disgrace myself in front of the class this week.  I set them homework each week, it would not do if I reneged on it myself!  Although it was tough as I was tired and just did not seem to have my usual crojo mojo.
 
Since the last crochet and cake post, see previous cake recipes to accompany each weeks crochet class here:
 
We have had a smattering of snow, so it was only right I rushed outside and photograph the said blanket.  The reds made a striking contrast to the crisp white snow.  What do you think? 
 
We had a smattering of snow

  
The deep and vibrant reds of the crocheted blanket stand out against the snow

The only problem was that it became somewhat wet from the snow. Luckily we have underfloor heating in the kitchen and there I left it to dry and no sooner had my back turned than the cat (Pip) decided it was meant for her. 

The cat took the first opportunity to lie on the blanket



As this is the penultimate week of the crochet course, we turned our attention to edging and borders, not everyone is ready yet and that is fine as we all have different life schedules and paces that we work to.  But the course would not be complete without explaining and showing how to finish off our blankets. 
 
One very keen crocheter had a play with edges even before the Thursday night session, see what a difference colour combinations and stitches can make to a finished article.  There is a whole blog post just waiting to be written about this :)
 




A rainbow blanket extravaganza
 
This weeks sweet treat is another family favourite and I was lucky enough to have mamma Kari herself over  from Norway so she was able to make it.  My lucky ladies were able to taste her version of the baking and not mine.  It's a quick easy make and great to use up apples when in season.  Just stew them before hand, leave them in the freezer in portions enough for a cake and you can make one at the drop of a hat.  Go on, I dare you, it's so tasty.
A slice of apple heaven

Mamma Kari's Apple Cake
You will need:
4 medium apples
125g butter
250g plain flour
125g sugar
1  egg
2 tsp baking powder

Peel and chop apples into medium sized chunks. Add to pan and add approximately 2 tbsp sugar and a dash of water to avoid tha apples drying out. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the apples are soft with a few chunks remaining semi solid, this adds good texture to the end cake. Put to one side to cool.

Meanwhile add the butter, flour and baking powder into a mixer until it resembles breadcrumbs. 

Add the beaten egg and sugar and mix until the dough is smooth. 

Divide into two thirds and one third. Take the larger section and press it down in the bottom of the cake tin as the base layer. 

Add the cooled apple mixture on top. 

With the remaining one third of dough, divide this into three equal parts. Put one section to one side. With the remaining two thirds make into six sausage shapes and then flatten each sausage slightly with your finger to have flattened strips. Add three strips on top of the apples equidistant apart and the remaining three stripes perpendicular also equidistant apart. It should look like a woven lattice effect, see photograph for clarification!

Lattice covered apple cake


With the last section of dough make a long sausage shape and again flatten it. Place this on the outside edge of the cake tin to create a neat finished look. 

Place in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for half an hour. 

Enjoy hot or cold. It is absolutely delicious and is a firm family favourite from Scandinavia with all the generations in our family. 

We may have an apple cake addiction in our house!
 
Four of the blankets from the crochet course and this weeks cake!


♥  Do let me know if you make this cake, don't forget to call it Mamma Kari's apple cake  ♥

20 comments:

  1. This cake looks so good. I'm going to try and make it for my Daughters of Norway lodge meeting on Saturday. It's a potluck and I'm sure they'd love this. Thanks for sharing such a fun recipe.

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    1. Fabulous. So glad to hear this. Mamma will be delighted too. Let me know what they all think. Have a lovely time x

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  2. Your apple cake and blankets look delicious. I've spent a few hours over the past two days stewing apples and freezing them. Now I know what to do with them!

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    1. Fabulous Gillian. Let me know how you get on. It really is a firm family favourite x

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  3. Delicious! I hope that the class enjoy working on their blanket edges! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy. Bought wool whilst in the Lake District and it keeps calling me to use it but I am trying to stay focused on this!

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  4. Sounds like a delightful time! Not sure what I would want more the cake or the blanket x

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  5. Oh but that red is gorgeous. Wish I had a heated kitchen floor, in the the winter that is, in the summer I'm glad it's just cool tile.
    The apple pie looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you about the red. When it is finished I was thinking about putting it away and only having it out for the month of December. Haven't totally made my mind up yet. Underfloor heating in the winter is totally lush. When we first moved to this house we had single brick walls in the kitchen and the tiles on the floor would have frost on them!! I saved hard and fast to change that! The tiles are lovely and cool in the summer when the heating is switched off.

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  6. The blanket looks stunning against the snow.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  7. That cake looks delicious!!! I miss real Apple Pie's/Cakes. :( Oh and the amount of snow you got is exactly what I love, nothing more or less. I wish we had snow, just for a day or two. Don't want more. hahahahaha

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    1. The snow was only here for less than 24 hours. It would have been wonderful if we could have had it for a couple of more days. The apple cake is wonderful. Give it a try.

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  8. Lovely post, photographs and recipe!
    many thanks especially love the last picture :o)

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    1. Thank you! I love the last photo too. The ladies on the course are doing so very well.

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  9. I love the colour combination you have chosen in your red blanket. Which yarn and shades have you used?

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    1. Thank you. Thought I had posted the colours somewhere but cannot find them so here goes:
      All stylecraft DK.
      Lipstick 1246
      Matador 1010
      Claret 1123
      Copper 1029
      Burgundy 1035
      Hope this helps x

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  10. I made the apple cake today. Had to try a piece and so did my father. It is so delicious. Easy to make too. I'll be making this again.

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    1. Hurrah!!! So very glad to hear it. As I said a firm family favourite. Thanks for letting me know ❤️

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