Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My St. Patrick's Day recipe: "Apple and Oatmeal Cake - Ciste ull agus mhin choirce"

St. Patrick's Day is coming up pretty sharpish and here is my recipe for this year made from good old Kate's Butter from Old Orchard Beach, Swan's Honey and local Granny Smith apples.
The recipe is called:

 "Apple and Oatmeal Cake - Ciste ull agus mhin choirce"
from Irish Traditional Food by Theodora FitzGibbon
It's actually more like a slice that is quite granola-ey with apple in the middle. It is not very sweet but quite wholesome and chewy.

2lbs of Granny Smith, or any tart, firm apple, peeled, cored and sliced
15 ozs medium oatmeal (not instant)

6 heaped tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

8 heaped tablespoons raisins

6 ozs, 1 and 1/2 sticks salted butter, preferably Kate's

3 heaped tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons of honey

grated rind of 1 lemon

2 large eggs beaten

Lashings of cream to pour over the finished product!!

1. Simmer the apples with the 6 heaped tbspoons sugar and cinnamon until they are very soft, you may have to add a little water to get them mushy...I did.

2. Add in the raisins and leave the mixture to cool.

3. Melt butter, brown sugar and honey in a small pan.

4. Combine the oatmeal with the lemon zest.

5. Pour the honey butter mix over the oatmeal and lemon and mix well.

6. Add the beaten eggs to the oatmeal mix and again mix well.

7. Divide the oatmeal mix into 3 portions.

8. Press one third of the oaty mix into a 9"cake tin with a removable base, then spread half the apple mix over this, then a second layer of oat mix, then another layer of apple, and finish with the last of the oat mix.

8. Ta dah...it's ready to go in the oven...Lucie and I made 2 different sizes of 'cake', we followed the recipe in the book and added half again but with the amount we had we could only do 2 layers of oat and one of apple, see Lucie with our efforts below and her cute little St. Pat's green wristband... so I am giving you the quantities for 3 oat and 2 apple in a 9" diameter springform pan.

9. Bake in a pre heated 375F oven for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown as below....
Below is a picture from the side nice and close so you can see the layers...yum!!
James poured some maple syrup over his...which I have already boiled down from the sap I have been collecting for the last week or so, see my little sap buckets below,...you could also pour some Golden Syrup over and maybe some nice heavy/double creammmmmmmm...
HAPPY ST. PATRICIA'S, sorry, ST. PATRICK'S DAY...don't drink any green beer for heavens sake!!!! When I was little my Mum's relatives in Ireland always used to send over little boxes with water soaked cotton wool and sweet little bunches of shamrock!! How lovely!!

This blogpost is part of the Saint Patrick's Day bloghop at Butterceam Bakehouse
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