A Nanna Moment. Old-Fashioned Apple And Cinnamon Tea Cake.

Old Fashioned Apple Cinnamon Tea Cake

There’s a definite sense of comforting nostalgia associated with delving deep into my bottom kitchen drawer to retrieve a long forgotten favourite recipe. A trip down memory lane, resurrecting recipes for good old fashioned treats. The sort our nannas might have made.  An Aladdin’s cave filled with the carefully guarded secrets, perhaps scrawled on yellowing, crumpled scraps of paper in thin spidery script, or  ripped from the pages of newspapers and magazines. Earmarked as keepers and  haphazardly tossed into my drawer in the hope they might be rediscovered sometime in the not too distant future, on a less time pressured day.

It’s that time of year again. Cold, dreary and wet. As if on autopilot, I’m inexplicably drawn back to that bottom drawer. Afternoon tea is definitely on the agenda, a yearning for something sweet, simple and old-fashioned on my radar. Regular readers of this blog will remember the unearthed treasures of my previous like minded forays. Previous offerings have included, a simple slice of old fashioned buttercake, classic lemon sponge squares, magic vanilla custard squares, a Kiwi favourite Louise slice, the curiously named Chinese chews and melt and mix chocolate coconut slice, to name but a few. All simple recipes combining staple pantry items that are available in almost any kitchen pantry to produce something understated but special.

Today’s recipe for an old fashioned apple and cinnamon tea cake is no exception. Reliable and dependable, she pulls herself together in mere moments. With a minimum of fuss and advance planning. Just beat together the most basic of pantry ingredients – butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk and vanilla. Top with a couple of thinly sliced apples (cored but no need to peel) in a pretty spiral arrangement. Bake in a hot oven for thirty minutes and cool a little before brushing with a little melted butter and dusting in a shower of cinnamon sugar. Your reward? A light and buttery almost flan like cake topped with melting leaves of cinnamon scented apples. Irresistibly delicious and so beautiful to behold, I still can’t quite believe this is a product of my kitchen. Proof positive that simplicity is always best.

Old Fashioned Apple Cinnamon Cake

Old-Fashioned Apple And Cinnamon Tea Cake

Apple Tea Cake
65g butter, softened
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1/3 cup milk
2 small granny smith apples, cored and thinly sliced

Cinnamon Topping
20g butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1tablespoon caster sugar

PREHEAT oven to 160 C fan-forced. Grease a deep, 20cm round, removable base (springform) cake tin. Line base with baking paper.
USING an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together for approximately 5 minutes until very light and  fluffy.
USING a wooden spoon, gently stir in sifted flour and milk. Spoon mixture into prepared cake tin. Arrange apple slices on top.
BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand in tin for 5 minutes, before removing to a cooling rack.
COMBINE cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Brush hot cake with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture. Serve warm. Best eaten on the day it is baked.

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4 Responses to A Nanna Moment. Old-Fashioned Apple And Cinnamon Tea Cake.

  1. mylittlewhitesheep says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Love the photography 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    I made this cake on Thursday & it’s a really easy cake to make with so few ingredients but it’s so delicious. I made a few tweaks to the recipe. First I doubled the mix & then I used half brown sugar & half white sugar & instead of arranging the apple slices on top of the cake I just cubed 4 large apples & added them to the cake batter & baked as normal. I still covered in cinnamon sugar when taken from the oven. Even though you said it was best eaten on the day made i found it to be just as good 3 days later. I will definitely be making this again, the recipe is a keeper. 👍😀

    • Aren’t old fashioned recipes wonderful? So easy to adapt and make your own. I love the idea of doubling the ingredients and simply folding the apples through the batter. It’s so lovely to receive your feedback.

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