This is a recipe given to me by my mother in law in Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine. You can use plain flour, self-raising, fine maize flour or gluten-free flour. I’ve tried with all those and it seems to work pretty well. The only difference is some rise higher than others but they all taste the same-delicious! If you have spare or browning apples to use up this recipe is perfect!
What you need to know:
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Oven temp.: 180-200 °C
Ingredients for 8 pieces:
14 oz / 400 g gluten-free or maize flour
7 oz / 200 g sugar
1/2 pint/240 ml Kefir or buttermilk (normal milk also works)
1 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp vinegar
8 oz / 250 g Margarine or butter
2 table apples peeled, cored and sliced
Sprinkle of icing or caster sugar to decorate
7 ins/ 20 cm cake tin round or square
1. Grease a 7 ins square or round cake tin and pre-heat the oven ready.
2. Using either your finger tips or a fork mix together the gluten-free flour and margarine until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Add the sugar, then the eggs one at a time mixing well in between.
4. Add the milk, mix well then add the soda and vinegar and give it one last good mix to get the air into it and also for the soda and vinegar to be evenly distributed.
5. Transfer half of the mixture to the prepared cake tin and layer the apple slices over the top until all the apples slices have been used up. Pour the rest of the cake mixture over the top. Put in the oven for 30 mins or until golden brown at 200 °C. To test if the centre is cooked insert a knife or skewer into the middle and if it comes out clean the cake is ready. If it is browning too quickly on top but isn’t cooked inside reduce the heat to 180 °C.
6. Leave to cool then turn out onto a cake rack or plate, sprinkle the top with caster or icing sugar whichever you prefer and enjoy.