Make some country apple cake, have a good cup of coffee, do the Sunday crossword puzzle, and enjoy the sunshine. It is days like this that make life good, isn't it?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 large apples (use an heirloom variety if you can find them)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- scant 1/4 tsp each ground allspice, cloves, nutmeg
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Lightly grease an 8" round cake pan. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Peel and core the apples. Slice into wedges that are about 1/2" thick.
- Sprinkle the apples with the lemon juice; stir to coat the apples.
- Add to the apples the raisins, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Stir. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter cubes into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Stir the brown sugar into the flour mixture.
- Add the egg and milk to the flour mixture and stir to make a sticky dough. There may be small lumps of butter in the dough, but that is ok. The texture of the dough should be like a veryyy soft, lumpy cookie dough; not like a smooth cake batter. Divide the dough into two equal parts.
- Spread half of the dough evenly in the bottom of the cake pan. Cover this bottom layer of dough with the apple mixture. Use the remaining dough to cover the top of the apples. It is ok if there are apples peeking through the top layer of dough. It is often prettier if it isn't perfect!
- Place cake in preheated oven. Bake for 55 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve warm with whipped cream.
Om nom nom!! :)