The Bishops’ Kitchen – Oct 20

The Bishops' Kitchen

Two More Apple Recipes this month.


3eggs, 200g sugar, 280ml vegetable oil, 2tsp vanilla extract, 375g plain flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp bicarb of soda, 500g chopped and peeled apples, 120g chopped pecans.

Toffee sauce

125g butter, 60ml milk, 225g dark brown soft sugar, 1 pinch salt.

In bowl beat eggs until foamy, gradually add sugar, blend in oil & vanilla then add flour, salt, bicarb, then stir in apples & pecans. Spoon into a greased 25cm ring tin & cook for 1 hour 15mins at 180c/gas4 or until the cake tests done with skewer. Cool in tin for 10mins then place on serving plate.

For the toffee sauce combine all ingredients in a saucepan & boil for three mins stirring constantly then slowly drizzle over warm cake.


The fruit

100g butter cubed, 100g golden caster sugar, 2 vanilla pods seeds scraped out, 700g firm plums, stoned & roughly chopped, 300g apples peeled cored & chopped, 1tsp cinnamon.

The Cobbler Dough

1 egg, 140g cold butter cut into cubes, 280g plain flour, 140g golden caster sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp baking powder, 2 tbsp demerara sugar.

For the fruit, put all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over a low heat, stirring until the butter has melted & the sugar has dissolved, simmer until a chunky fruit compote, set aside.

Rub the butter & flour until texture of breadcrumbs. Stir in caster sugar, cinnamon, baking powder & a large pinch of salt. Whisk the egg & milk & add to mixture & bring together to form a thick batter-like texture. Tip the compote into a baking dish & top with large spoonfuls of the cobbler mix, making sure there are a few gaps for the fruit to bubble through, then sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake for 35-40mins at 190c/gas 6 or until the topping is golden & cooked through. Remove from oven & leave to rest for 5 mins before serving.

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.