Looking for something easy to make with apples I suddenly thought of Eve’s Pudding, this something my mother used to whip up on a regular basis when I was a child, I’ve not tasted it for years and had completely forgotten how utterly delicious it is. There are no twists or turns in the recipe, just a simple sponge mix spooned onto barely braised apples and baked in the oven for half an hour or so.
4 cooking apples
80 ml water
juice of half a lemon
45 gms caster suger
100 gms self raising flour
100 gms caster sugar
100 gms unsalted butter which is soft.
2 medium eggs at room temperature lightly beaten.
20 cm circular or 18cm square dish, at least 5cm deep well buttered.
Oven heated to 180° Centigrade
Place the water in a pan with the sugar and lemon juice on a low heat.
Peel, core and chop the apples into 1.5cm pieces. Add them to the pan as you work.
Turn the heat up slightly. Some of the apples should have broken down but you also want to keep some pieces quite firm.
Remove from the heat, leave to cool. When cold place them in the buttered dish.
Beat together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
Add the eggs a little at a time and continue beating until fully incorporated.
Fold in the flour.
Spoon the mixture on top of the cold apples and smooth very gently with the back the spoon so that the mixture is level.
Bake for 30 t0 40 minutes.
If it is getting too brown on top, cover with a double layer of baking parchment. I usually have to do this after around 25 minutes.
You can serve this straight from the oven but it is also very good cold. It will make eight portions.
As a side note when I made the pudding pictured above I did add a spoonful of chopped, toasted hazelnuts to the top prior to cooking but it’s really not necessary.