I've been stuck at home this week, and some of last week.... literally.
Mostly because my little Bogwoppit (Oliver) has been very poorly indeed with a chest infection - but latterly also due to the fact that my pick up truck died on the driveway and had to be trailered to the garage. It's looking like an expensive repair... :-(
Oliver has barely eaten in a couple of weeks - though now he's on penicillin, is starting to improve.
"All I would like is a carrot cake please Mummy"
Hmm - when your child is as miserable as this, hasn't eaten all day (it's 5pm) and requests carrot cake, what are you going to do ? Make carrot cake of course !
Well - I went to the fridge and had a root around. Stacks of vegetables - but only two carrots. Rather rubbery, shrivelled and bendy carrots at that. They weren't going to be much good to make carrot cake - now were they .....
Being as I live miles from anywhere, had a poorly little boy and no car, improvisation was the order of the day.
They smelled glorious when I took them out the oven and I glazed the tops with a little warmed honey.
As I was taking these photos, Oliver had fallen asleep. There was a noise outside and a rap on the door.
HOORAY ! The local garage had turned up unannounced and unexpected with a courtesy car. I can go on my chocolate making course tomorrow now after all !
As they handed me the keys, I handed them a plate with 6 warm apple muffins - also unexpected and just as welcome. Smiles all round.
"Is my carrot cake ready yet Mummy?" a little voice pipes up.
"Yes Honey. Sort of......"
Basically, this is my favourite carrot cake recipe, baked into muffins... but substituting apples for the carrots. When I make carrot cake, I'd normally use orange juice and zest and some more cinnamon plus a good big handful of raisins. Otherwise, it's as below :
RECIPE MAKES 12
280g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cinnamon
90ml apple juice - or sub with other fruit juice
360g coarsely grated apple
1 tsp vanilla essence
100ml vegetable oil
Add nuts or raisins if wished.
Add oil and juice together and mix in the egg with a fork. To this, add the grated apple.
Sift all the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients to the bowl. Mix in roughly with a wooden spoon - only until combined. Spoon into a lined tin or paper cupcake cases in a 12 cell silicone muffin mould or tin
Use a 12 hole silicone muffin mould and line with paper cake cases / liners. The moulds and paper case are available from our online shop at http://www.siliconemoulds.com
These will look rather full as below.
Due to the huge amount of apple (or carrots if you have any) - these don't rise very much.
Bake at 175deg C fan for 20mins. Glaze with warm honey or agave nectar on removing from the oven.