Irish Apple Cake

Photo provided by KerrygoldThe technique for making Irish Apple Cake has been passed from generation to generation in farmhouses all over Ireland.
Photo provided by KerrygoldThe technique for making Irish Apple Cake has been passed from generation to generation in farmhouses all over Ireland.

Irish Apple Cake

Serves about 6. Recipe provided by Kerrygold is adapted from “Forgotten Skills of Cooking” by Darina Allen (Kyle Boos, 2009).“Irish Apple Cake varies from house to house and the technique has been passed from mother to daughter in farmhouses all over the country for generations,” said Allen.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

8 tbls. (1/4 lb.) Kerrygold Irish butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 egg

About 1/4 to 1/2 cup whole milk

1 to 2 cooking apples

2 to 3 cloves, optional

Egg wash

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles the texture of bread crumbs then add 1⁄3 cup of the superfine sugar. Make a well in the center and mix to a soft dough with the beaten egg and enough milk to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a board and divide in two. Put one half onto a 10-inch ovenproof plate and press it out with floured fingers to cover the base.

3. Peel, core and chop up the apples, place them on the dough and tuck in the cloves, if using. Sprinkle over some or all of the remaining sugar, depending on the sweetness of the apples. Roll out the second half of the pastry and fit it on top — easier said than done as this “pastry” is more like scone dough and as a result is very soft. Press the sides together, cut a slit through the lid, egg wash and bake for about 40 minutes or until cooked through and nicely browned on top. Dredge with superfine sugar and serve warm with raw sugar and softly whipped cream.