I am getting more and more dubious in my vintage years about cookbooks - aren't you? So many times the recipes don't seem to work, but let me tell you that Ruth has done herself proud. I have made 2 dishes out of this book (I know, I know, not a huge sample), and they have both been superb. This cake is sublime. A must-do, folks. It doesn't look or sound like much, but it is so deeeelicious!
|try this! so delish|
This recipe is from her book my kitchen year which is chock-a-block with interesting dishes. It was written after she was made redundant at Gourmet magazine in 2009, when the whole shebang was abruptly closed down. She retreated to her holiday home in upstate New York, and ended up writing this cookbook of "Recipes that Saved My Life."
2 large eggs
220g. white sugar
75g. brown sugar
a piece of ginger root - about 6 cm long - grated finely - to obtain 2 tbs of ginger
400g. unsweetened apple sauce
170 mLs plain vegetable oil (I used peanut)
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g. plain flour
1.5 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp sea salt
black pepper - a few grinds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2-1 tsp ground ginger
For the Glaze:
250 mLs of cream - pure or thickened
75g. brown sugar
3 tsp light corn syrup or golden syrup
a pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Turn your oven to 180C
Butter and flour a 3 Litre Bundt pan
Grab a large mixing bowl and break the eggs into it
Whisk both sugars with the eggs
Add the grated ginger and the apple sauce
Whisk in the oil and vanilla till smooth
Tip the flour into a small mixing bowl
Whisk in the bicarb, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and ground ginger
Combine the flour mix and the apple sauce mix together gently
Pour the batter into the Bundt pan
Bake for about 45 minutes till the cake bounces back when you press on the surface
Take it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes
Then turn it out onto a wire rack and leave it cool down
Grab a small saucepan and pour the cream in
Whisk in the sugar, corn syrup and salt
Bring it to the boil then lower to medium heat
Let it boil for about 15 minutes, whisking every few - watch it, it tends to boil over quickly
When it has started to become smooth and thick, take it off the heat and whisk in the vanilla
Put the cake on a serving plate and spoon the luscious glaze all over it - yes you will end up with a puddle of sauce and you will think it is way too much but believe me, you want all that glaze!
This cake tastes better and is more moist the next day, so if you can wait...
Ruth says you can carefully put the cake on a rack over baking paper so you don't end up with a mess, but who cares!
It's really hard to buy unsweetened apple sauce! Even the one I checked carefully (so I thought) had about 10% sugar. So my suggestion is to buy one of those big tins of apple slices, which are unsweetened and just apples, and give them a whizz with a stick blender to purée them
Ruth calls this a gingered applesauce cake with caramel glaze. Her recipe says to use 1/2 tbs of grated ginger, but we couldn't even taste it so I upped it to 2 tbs! and added ground ginger. Mr P. said he thought the glaze was butterscotch rather than caramel, which I'd have to agree with - delicious whatever you call it
Grate the whole knob of ginger, take out what you need and place the rest in a freezer bag. It will last for months in the freezer
Ruth says the glaze is optional. Nah! It is so wonderful, you have to make it (I kept sticking my finger into the sauce and devouring it)
I had to adapt those pesky cup measures that Ruth uses (grrr); a real bugbear of mine. I also find the way she lists ingredients a tad annoying as they aren't in order of use. What's with that?
|gather your ingredients|
|whisk the eggs, sugar, apple sauce, ginger, oil and vanilla together|
|whisk the dry ingredients together|
|mix the wet and the dry ingredients together|
This is like a muffin batter, where you want to mix the wet and dry together gently. So don't beat it up, just whisk in with love.
|butter and flour your Bundt pan well|
Shake out the excess flour carefully. You don't want big globules of flour on your perfect Bundt-y beauty.
|into the oven and out of the oven|
|look how pretty!|
|the glaze is stirred every few minutes for 15 minutes|
Yep, it looks like too much glaze you are thinking, but wait till you try it! You will thank Ruth for her extravagance. Grab your spoon now and lick it up, I tell you :=) This cake tastes even better the next day; the first day the outer surface was a tiny bit rubbery, but it became softer and more delish the day after. By the third day, it was still fabulous and all gone, 'cos we ate it all up.