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Apple Harvest- Let’s Make Cake!

Apples At The Pig, Rocking Dog

Apples At The Pig

Apples are for a picking!

I love the simply made apple cake recipe that follows. It comes from a 1998 copy of Homes & Gardens and is a firm family favourite. It can be scaled up and made into a large tray bake to feed a hungry crowd.


250g Self Raising Flour
50g Ground almonds
100g Caster Sugar
200g Butter
450g Dessert Apples (peeled & cored, half roughly chopped, half sliced)
2 Free Range Eggs
1-2 Tablespoons Milk, Cider or Calvados
40g Light Muscovado Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
50g Slivered Almonds

1. Preheat Oven (180C/170C Fan. Gas Mark 4). Line a Deep 9in/23cm round tin or 8in/ 20cm square tin.
2. Sift flour and stir in almonds and caster sugar. Add 175g of the butter and rub into the dry ingredients. Stir in the roughly chopped apples and the beaten eggs. Do not overmix.
3. Add 1-2 Tbsp milk, cider or Calvados to make a spoonable mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin. Arrange or pile the sliced apples on top and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar.
4.Bake for 40-45 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining butter, Muscovado sugar and cinnamon in a small pan until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the slivered almonds.
6. Take the cake from the oven and pour over the butter/almond mix. Return the cake to the oven for another 10-15 minutes ubtil a skewer pushed into the cakes centre comes out clean.
7. Leave the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes before turning it out. Delicious served with Clotted Cream!

The walks with Real Life Rocking Dog are changing. The swallows that have been here all summer seem to have flown to warmer climes, mushrooms are burgeoning in the field and plump sloes are asking to be picked. Big white rabbit and a wild cousin have been busy, and there are a brood of growing youngsters populating the field. It feels like Telletubby Land! I marvel at the fact that despite the lack of camouflage and that there is a huge buzzard nesting in a tree close by, they are surviving… no positively thriving!

The Best Apple Store!, Rocking Dog

The Best Apple Store!

Ethicurean Apples, Rocking Dog

Ethicurean Apples

Harvest, Rocking Dog


Real Live Rocking Dog Has A Bouffant!

HAMISH!, Rocking Dog


Real Live Rocking Dog had a bouffant on Monday. We have a dog who sports a Jekyll and Hyde Persona. One look is teddy bear curly and the other spookily lamb sheared! Wire Fox Terriers do not shed their hair and need to be either hand stripped or clipped on a regular basis.

With the advent of the warmer weather it was time to take Hamish for the his first haircut of 2015. We are fortunate enough to have one of the best Wire Fox Terrier breeders practically on the doorstep. The husband and wife team take Hamish in hand and give him a morning of pampering (?!!!). By all accounts Hamish is pretty grouchy and not partial to pedicures, eyebrow sculpting and general bouffanting! I’d love to be a fly on the wall.

Bill paid, Real Live Rocking Dog is treated to a good run (well mincing walk) at Snuff Mills. Without fail, within ten minutes of arriving through the park gates Hamish treats himself to a drink, the white coiffured loveliness is long forgotten!

Drinking Bowl, Rocking Dog

Drinking Bowl

Spring In The Park, Rocking Dog

Spring In The Park

Lime And Lovely, Rocking Dog

Lime And Lovely