Catching Up & An Apple Cake Tray Bake Recipe

Before I start today I wanted to remind anyone that is interested, that my usual monthly blog post of

‘What To Do In The Kitchen Garden In November’ can be found here.

There is loads of information in this post e.g. weather conditions expected, what to sow / plant / harvest in November, jobs to do and pests / diseases that you may encounter this month.

I hope it helps someone out there.



This week I have started to get back to normal after decorating my daughter’s bedroom a couple of weeks ago.  It has felt nice making bread and cakes again:

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I also caught up with a few jobs I have been putting off.

  I started by flushing my plug holes with bi-carb and vinegar to ensue they don’t start to block up.  It’s great for removing food, hair and soap scum from your pipes.  It’s very simple to do:

I put one tablespoon of bi-carb in the plug hole and then I added three tablespoons of white distilled vinegar and left it for a few minutes to fizz away:

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I then flushed it all down with boiling hot water:



I also finally brought in the tomatoes that were sitting in my greenhouse ripening.  I put them there at the beginning of October and they have ripened well:

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I left a few on my kitchen window sill to continue to ripen and I have left some out for sandwiches and salads,

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but I have also managed to make some more passatta to freeze:

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In my garden this week I started to use another batch of lettuces that I have been growing under environmesh….I pick the outside leaves of the lettuces so they continue to grow.  They should be fine growing outside under the environmesh for some time yet, before the harsh winter weather comes:

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One thing I noticed in my garden is I have somehow managed to grow a clematis.  I do remember that a clemastis used to scramble through the large photinia bush I used to have in the corner, but I assumed this was killed off when I cleared the area at the beginning of the year.

When I first saw it growing in the summer I twisted the growth around my trellis as I really wasn’t sure what it was (though I did suspect it looked like a clematis) and this week it has begun to flower….better late than never:

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I shall leave the plant where it is as it obviously wants to be there and I will prune it in February.


I also finally bottled up the wine I made a few weeks ago.  I had a little taste and it is lovely already, but hopefully as it matures it will get even better.  These bottles will be great in my Christmas hampers:



My lovely sister dropped in this week with some apples from the tree in her garden, as she has had a bumper crop:


I sorted the apples and I wrapped up those without blemishes in newspaper and placed them in a cool, dark place to store them through the winter:

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I then decided to juice the remaining apples, so I started by washing the apples and then removing all the bad bits:


Unfortunately there were rather a lot of bad bits and when I chopped the apples in half I found that loads of them were bad in the middle.  I’m not sure if they are bad due to ‘codling moth’ or wether it is the result of ‘mouldy core rot’:

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However, I did get enough good apples to do a little bit of juicing:

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It was a shame about the rotten apples but the juice we did get was absolutely delicious:



My sister also gave me a few bramley apples, so I made an Apple Cake traybake:


An Apple Cake Traybake Recipe:


500g Bramley apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced (leave in water to stop them going brown)

350g self raising flour

280g caster sugar

225g soft margarine or butter

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

2 – 3 tbsp demerara sugar to sprinkle over the top.



Preheat your oven to 180C / gas 4 / 350F and line a baking tray with greased, greaseproof paper.

Put the margarine, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla into a bowl and then seive the flour and baking powder into the bowl. 


Mix until all the ingredients are combined and then add a little bit of water to the mixture if it doesn’t drop off the spoon easily.


Spread half of the mixture into the lined baking tray and then arrange half of the apples over the mixture.

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Put the rest of the cake mixture on top of the apples and then arrange the remaining apples again on top


Sprinkle the apples with demerara sugar


Bake for 45-50 minutes.  Ensure the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer….it is cooked when the skewer comes out clean.


Leave to cool for ten minutes and then slice.

Serve hot or cold on it’s own or with cream or ice cream.

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Thank you for reading my blog today, I will be back next Friday as usual.

Have a good week!



27 thoughts on “Catching Up & An Apple Cake Tray Bake Recipe

  1. hello,
    another busy week in your home.what a lovely sister you have…..the apples look beautiful.
    i made applesauce with my not so good looking apples.your apple cake looks very delicious. thanks for the recipe!
    have a niceweek,

  2. Wow, what a busy week! How did you fit it all in……perhaps you don’t sleep? All your baking and cooking looked yummy and I’ve filed away the plug cleaning tip.

    • None of the things I do are hard, it’s just about giving things a go. I learnt by making mistakes as I had no one to show me, which is why I write the step by step recipes etc. to help as many people as possible to give things a go.

      Thank you so much for reading my blog Fiona, it’s lovely to hear from you

  3. My Mum always made Apple Cake and it was my favourite, she used to sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon on top. I made one recently, my first for ages but it turned out really well.
    I will try your recipe next time as I didn’t put a layer in the middle.
    You said you liked being busy but how do you get the time to write all this as well ?
    Have a good week


    • Hi Maureen, the nutmeg and cinnamon sound lovely and I must try this next time.

      Lol, I sit in the evening writing my blog and it atually makes me sit down for a bit so it’s good for me to do… also makes me realise what I do with my time and gives me a sense of acheivement (which I also think is good when you stay at home all day). My husband checks my blog too for spelling mistakes etc, so it’s nice he sees what I do in the day too.

      • Have you ever used a hand mixer when you combine all the ingredients at the same time? I know most things went flat when I tried it.

        Wish I had your garden, it will be lovely for you next year. I live in the south and most gardens are small !
        Hope the weather is better up there.


      • Hi Maureen, it’s funny use brought this question up as I have an on going difference of opinion with my daughter about this as she uses the mixer every time. I do sometimes use a mixer when I’m not too bothered about the rise e.g. the apple cake, however I do prefer to mix by hand when I make a victoria sandwich as I always think it makes a better cake.

      • You will each have to make one with same ingredients and compare the results, would be interesting. My experiment yesterday with mixer left it flat and heavy, previous one was lovely and light

  4. What a shame about the apples, but the Apple cake looked delicious, we are still decorating and be so glad when it is done. A great tip about clearing plugs i shall do that. The last of my tomatoes are red so i shall be making sauce for the freezer. Do have a good week.

    • Your decorating will look great when it’s finished, but like you said I always can’t wait until it’s finished as your house (and life) is all over the place until it is lol.

      Have a great week too Sue XX

  5. Many of our apples had issues inside them, but I managed to make more applesauce than ever before. And like you, I don’t know what causes it, but they seem to be improving every year.

    It’s nice to get back to our routines, but when you accomplish a big thing like re-doing a room – what a nice thing it is! (glad to see Judy is an apple-lover) 🙂

    • It certainly is nice to get back to a routine lol. Judy enjoys anything to eat lol….we play ‘find it’ while I’m chopping carrots etc (I chuck a bit round the room and she searches for it and then eats it)….she loves this and her tails wags so fast when we play it I think it’s going to fall off.

  6. I love watching vinegar and bicarb fizz away!

    Now, I’ve also started using the liquid from my bokashi bin to keep the pipe work clean. And that’s free – though there is no fizz 😉

  7. What a lovely recipe. Will be having a go at this as apples are a favourite in our house. Please can I have some of your get up and go? LOL!!

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