Many schools are putting gardening on the curriculum and where possible putting the vegetables grown by the children on the menu of the school dinners. Now its time to bring that initiative home and get the children gardening in their own back yard. You don't need masses of spare space as they can grow some vegetables quite successfully in pots and planters.
I decided to postpone the making of the sticky toffee apples and instead make an apple cinnamon cake. I want to make the candy recipe one when the grandchildren visit in a few weeks time.
My apple cake is really easy to make and a great way to get apples into the family. It's also a good cake to get the children helping with. They love to eat what they have made or helped to make.
The ingredients are simple and there are basically just the three stages before putting it into the loaf pan and then the oven.
Apple Cinnamon Tea Loaf
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin and preheat the oven to 180o
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
Cream till light and fluffy
Add 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used Taylor & Colledge from Papua New Guinea)
Next fold the dry ingredients
1 1/2cups Self Raising Flour 1 3/4teaspoon baking powder plus 1/3 cup milk
1 1/2cups Self Raising Flour
1 3/4teaspoon baking powder plus
1/3 cup milk
into the butter egg mixture and then add the milk
Peel and chop one large apple or two small ones and keep to one side.
Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan
Sprinkle half the apples on top
Then sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar.
Pour the remaining batter into the loaf pan
Sprinkle the remaining apples
Then sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar
With a sharp knife point gently swirl the mixture
Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check the middle to see if it is cooked.
When cooled slice and enjoy!
I want them to watch the apples as they grow, see the blossom then the little apples and see them get bigger and bigger until they can pick the fruit for themselves.
Thanks to Waitrose for the apples and the ingredients to make the cake and also for the apple tree. I did not receive any payment to write this post and all opinions and recipes are my own.