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Dorset Apple Cake


Scone or sponge cake with high proportion of chopped or sliced apple mixed-in, cooked as a relatively thin (c2ins) slab (Hartley 1954, etc)

Miss Hetty King
Image: Unknown

Original Receipt from the Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 02 November 1925

Dorset Apple Cake.
Miss Hetty King, the famous male impersonator, declares that she is deeply fond of cooking, and offers her own recipe for Dorset Apple Cake.

The ingredients required are: 8oz. self-raising flour. 1 egg. 4oz. margarine. gill milk. 4oz. castor sugar. ¾ lb. apples.

1. Rub margarine into flour, add sugar and apples cut into cubes. 2. Mix with beaten egg and milk. 3. Butter a shallow cake tin and spread mixture over it. 4. Bake a moderate oven for one hour. Cut squares.

In Dorset the cake is eaten hot, but it is equally pleasant when it is cold.

Dorset Apple Cake
Image: Alex Bray...

William Barnes, the Dorset dialect poet wrote of cake-making:
He's nice an' moist; vor when I were a-meakin o'n
I stuck some bots ovov apple in the dough

See also:
Apple Cheese
Breadcrumb Apple Cake
Cheese and Apple Cake
Dorset Apple Cake
Shropshire Apple Cake
Somerset Apple Cake
Yorkshire Apple Cake

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