You probably know how the weather in April can be like: sun and rain alternatively. We just had one of these typical April weekends. It was so sunny and warm throughout the whole week and then on Saturday it was cold and rainy, of course.
Clearly I needed something comforting to help me get over this depressing weather after getting used to sunshine way too quickly. So when walking through the supermarket I saw a big bag full of fresh cranberries and I had to think about a recipe I once saw at Ina Garden’s Barefoot Contessa. I couldn’t remember the exact recipe, so I improvised and used my favorite simple batter recipe. The result was the best cake I made in a long time and it was so comforting when eating it warm while the rain was pouring down. Heaven! The next day of course it was sunny and warm again! Oh April… we enjoyed the cake nevertheless cold out of the fridge. It worked just as well and was so delicious and juicy! The pecans on top covered with a sugar layer are roasted in the oven and just adds the crunchy and final touch to this perfect cake.
I have to tell you in all honesty that this was one of my most favorite cakes ever. It is simple, full of flavor and so comforting! Most of the times when I bake I don’t really eat the things I have produced, but this cake I devoured almost completely on my own!
This got me thinking… why do I not always bake things I really love and want to eat myself? I have such a huge list of recipes I want to try but most of them I don’t really want to eat. I bake them merely because of the sake of baking! Which lead me right into a small crisis. Have you had similar thoughts and doubts? I feel like I have to find my own way of baking again. Which right now I find quite hard… I have to figure out what I bake because I like eating it and what do I bake just to gain new experience by trying out new recipes and ingredients?
Maybe this cake is not be most beautiful thing I ever made, but it made me truly happy eating it. So the moral of this story? Dont think so much about having genius new recipe inventions that look stunning, but stay true to yourself and make it simple and basic. Good flavours you like to eat yourself should be the goal. Sounds pretty simple, but hard to find with all these great recipes out there waiting to be tested. Anyone of you ever had a baking crisis and want to share it?
Other moral of this story: Make this cake, it tastes just amazing!!!
- 340g Cranberries, fresh
- 4 Apples, green and sweet
- 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- Juice of half an Orange
- 200g Butter, soft
- 150g Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Sugar
- 185g Flour
- 40g Starch
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Handful of Pecan Nuts
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Wash the cranberries and fill them into the pie dish
- Clean and cut 4 apples into small pieces and add to the pie dish
- Add the brown sugar and orange zest on top of the fruit and mix it well
- Squeeze half an orange over the fruit mixture
- Cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy
- Add one egg at a time and mix thoroughly
- Mix together the dry ingredients and mix it quickly under the wet ingredients
- Spoon the batter over the fruit mixture
- Add two handful of Pecan Nuts on the top of the cake and sprinkle the brown sugar over it
- Bake the cake at 180°C (160° fan oven) for 50-55 minutes
- 1 Pie Dish (26cm)