What’s on your plate – April

It is autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere, and a time to welcome apples, pears, passion fruit, quince, limes and that Kiwi favourite, feijoas into our lives. Looking for inspiration for this week’s cooking, I was leafing through The Little Library Year by Kate Young, a delightful mix of literary references and recipes, and I stumbled upon this Apple and Tarragon Cake. Not only did it have an autumn feel to it, I have a lot of tarragon right now growing outside, so it seemed like a perfect combination.

On Saturday, I picked up a couple of Granny Smith apples, which are only fit for cooking in my opinion, plucked a bunch of tarragon from the garden, and set about making the cake.

It is a really simple creaming method cake, however, the recipe in the book – or at least the edition I have – has an error, as it fails to tell you to fold in the cooled, cooked apples. Of course I did anyway at the end and I see the online version does mention the cooked apples. My topping is not as pretty, but you know, it all gets eaten anyway. The cooking time is also way off – my cake was done in an hour.

Verdict: a really lovely light cake, the flavour of which develops by day 2 and 3. The little flecks of green from the tarragon make it pretty to look at, and it is really good with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yoghurt. Perfect with a coffee for dessert, or a cup of tea for a Sunday afternoon treat.

Entered into the what’s on your plate blog challenge, hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and her co-host Deb The Widow Badass Blog. It is a chance to share what you have been cooking or eating recently.

Also entered in the weekend coffee share hosted by Natalie.


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  1. The cake is pretty and looks (and sounds) delicious. I love the tarragon idea (and serving suggestions). Thanks also for coaching us on the recipe, if we choose to get the book. It’s very tempting!!

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  2. Thank you for joining us at What’s On Your Plate. Your food photos are always so inspiring and your Apple Tarragon cake looks amazing. I’ve given myself the challenge this week to avoid sugar (crazy, I know). So that has made me drool at your photos even more than I always do! 😀

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  3. Hi T&K – You had me laughing at your comments about Granny Smith apples. What’s the matter? Don’t you like it when apples fight back? Yes – they are so sour that even I don’t enjoy them and I love apples.

    You also had me laughing at the one error in your cook book that was more like 3-4 by the time you finished that paragraph. But, like the skilled chef that you are, the results look great and I’ll bet tasted wonderful. I’d still recommend serving it with ice cream because it is a dessert after all and I can’t think of many things that don’t go great with it.

    Hope you have a wonderful week coming.

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