So this Saturday I attended a Blogger Bake Sale at The Bumpkin which was organised by lovely Rosie from The Londoner. Baking and eating cakes for a great cause whilst getting to know fellow bloggers - sounds like a pretty good afternoon to me.
I chose to make my favourite Apple Tarte Tatin (my mum's recipe). 1) It is extremely delicious. 2) Extremely easy to make which is important when you have a very lively toddler to look after (no time for haute cuisine here)...Well, actually, I was quite lucky this time as my mum just happened to be visiting (not a regular occurrence as she lives abroad so obviously very exciting), which meant that I was able to make my cake in peace. No washing up! And have a long long shower! And paint my nails whilst sipping coffee and getting updates from the latest Vogue issue (my mum is a fashion designer amongst many things). Pure luxury these days!
For a medium size cake (approx. 23cm) you will need
5 sweet apples (I use golden delicious)
Puff pastry (bought mine ready made ...)
Half a glass of caster sugar
1 tea spoon of butter (I use unsalted)
Roll out your pastry so it's about 5mm thin.
Make a caramel syrup by melting butter, sugar and 3 tbsp of water in a pan. Once the syrup is brown, add peeled and sliced apples into the syrup and simmer for about 10min until apples soak up the syrup. Afterwards, place the apples into a baking tray and cover with the pastry, tucking the edges down inside the tin to encase the filling. If there is a gap between your pastry and the tray just fill in the edges with some extra pastry.
Prick the top of the tarte with a fork and put it into a preheated oven (about 180C -200C depending on your oven) and cook for around 15-20min until the pastry is golden.
Once the tarte in cooked, gently invert onto a serving plate. Make sure that the serving plate is larger than the baking tray.
|Here is my creation in all its glory|
|The English Garden cocktail - super delicious|
|With lovely Adeline from prettyordinaryaddy|
|And, of course, lovely Rosie from The Londoner|
The whole event went brilliantly. The conversations, cakes and cocktails were flowing and the money was generously donated for charities.
Although today I just cannot look at anything sweet ... hopefully, for my own benefit, I will stay away from all things cake and sugar ... at least until tomorrow!