This month, our columnist Anna Hedworth, aka The Grazer, offers up her take on apple and cinnamon cake
We have a ton of apples again this year at the allotment. Part of one of our trees has collapsed due to the weight of the fruit and our trees sag across the path blocking people’s way.
Despite this bumper crop, I’m pretty sure everyone else at the allotment thinks we’re useless, and we haven’t been there as much as I’d like this year, but I still love it. Our allotment is ‘wild’ in style. I’m very tidy in the rest of my life, constantly picking things up, cleaning, reordering, stacking, straightening – I think you need to be like that to run an efficient kitchen – but it’s nice to have a place in my life that is a bit messy but still beautiful.
I don’t care if you can’t get down some of the paths. It’s overgrown with apple boughs, flowers, vines, blackberries, honeysuckle, creeping nasturtiums, huge fennel plants that have gone to seed, but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s not like it’s a big patch of nettles; but I’ll await my next warning email from the allotment committee.
I think I’ve been asked for my recipe for apple and cinnamon cake more than any other recently. Pretty much everyone who has ordered it at Cook House wants to know how to make it, so here it is – enjoy!