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Tina's Dutch Bonfire Cake

People often wonder what the motivation is behind teaandcake.  There are lots of reasons why we put time into this site... but the one we'll confess to today is that it's really just an excuse to hound people for cake recipes we like and to then store them in place we'll always be able to find.  

Without further ado, we'll hand over to the lovely Tina, who said "of course you are welcome to the recipe. It is a Dutch one, from my father's stepmother..." don't all the best recipies go back three generations?

The Recpie

8oz self raising flour
pinch salt
4oz butter
40z sugar (I use brown)
1lb coking apples, diced
6ozs raisins (if wanted, I don't bother cos I'm not a fan)
1 beaten egg
2tbs milk
1tsp cinnamon or mixed spice (the original recipe uses mixed spice, I use cinnamon)
sugar to sprinkle on top

Rub in flour and butter.
Add sugar salt, spice, apples and raisins.
Mix to stiff consistency with eggs and milk.

NB: The mix will be very crumbly at first, keep mixing an some of the dampness from the apples will turn this into a stiff dough.

Turn into greased or lined baking tray (recipe says 8" square, mine is maybe a bit bigger) and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 180 degrees c for 50-60 mins.
Cut into squares.

This cake is as simple as it is delicious.  It's perfect for autumn gales and winds. The sugar sprinkled on the top gives it a fairytale sparkle. 

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