I have been given a lot of apples recently by family, friends and neighbours as the crop this year has been fantastic. I even salvaged a few from my own small tree. Having made apple crumble, apple cake and Eve’s pudding I was keen to do something that didn’t involve peeling – it is so time consuming and I’m sure removes a lot of the goodness. So I searched on Google and found many recipes – called ‘Grandma’s unpeeled apple cake’ or ‘Grandma’s one bowl apple cake’ – each one slightly different. I’m not sure if one grandma invented these recipes or just a generic grandma – however as I was following one of the recipes with my laptop open in the kitchen – I though what a million miles away this scenario was from the one that the ‘grandma’ had been in originally! And as I’m soon to become a grandma, I thought I would make the recipe a new family tradition!!
The cake was great by the way, especially with custard or vanilla ice cream, or both! You don’t even notice that the apples aren’t peeled. If you’d like to try it, here is my slightly modified version with UK units added.
EASY NO-PEEL APPLE CAKE
4 cups (approx 450g) cored and diced, unpeeled apples
2 cups sugar (approx 400g – I used 350g as trying to cut down!)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (approx 110ml – I used rapeseed oil)
2 cups (approx 250g) plain flour, sifted
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
optional 1/2 cup of raisins/sultanas and nuts if you like
Sieve together the flour, cinnamon and bicarb and mix. In a separate large bowl stir together the apples, eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil – then add the flour mix. Add raisins and nuts if you are using. Pour into a greased and floured tin – a traybake tin is ideal, or two smaller round tins – though any tin will do. Bake at 170°C (350°F) for approx 45-50 minutes. (Since first writing this post I have made the recipe many times – each time reducing the amount of sugar. I have made it with 250g most recently and it was still delicious. I think it depends on how sweet or otherwise your apples are.)
Cool slightly, cut a slice, eat!