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National Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day – a celebration of the richness and diversity of one of Britain’s favourite fruit.  Started in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day has become an integral part of the autumn calendar for many organisations such as the Women’s Institute, National Trust, and Wildlife Trusts.  The first Apple Day celebrations took place in the old Apple Market in London’s Covent Garden featured fruit growers, juice and cider makers, writers and illustrators, apple jugglers and magicians.  Over the next few years the number of events organised around the country grew and grew especially in recent years where there has been a massive increase in focus on seasonal produce and the links between food and land.

We’re celebrating National Apple Day this year by making this beautiful autumnal apple cake:


40z butter

4oz golden caster

2 eggs beaten

6 oz plain flour

1/2tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla esc

Milk if needed

4-6 eating apples, peeled and cut into slices


Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a baking tray.

Cream the butter and the sugar and then add the eggs a bit at a time.  Fold in the flour, baking powder and vanilla essence – add a little milk at this stage if the mixture is too dry – it should be at a reluctant dropping consistency.

Spread a thin layer of mixture over the base of the tin. Place a layer of apples over the mixture. Cover with the rest of the cake mix.  Bake at 180C for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.