Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wearing of the Green . . .

It's Saint Patrick's Day -- the day when everyone is Irish and everyone eats corned beef and cabbage!

This year, however, we'll trade in our green sweaters for a green tank top for it is supposed to be near 80 today -- definitely not  normal St. Patrick's Day!

We'll have our corned beef and cabbage tonight -- it's tradition -- but with  nice bag of bangers from Costco, we've enjoyed eating "Irish" most of the week.     They're wonderful for breakfast and we just had to have that traditional pub dish --

Bangers and Mash!     We've enjoyed it every time we've been in England t least once.   It is truly comfort food!

And it's best eaten with . . .

 A necessity in the larder!

The real English mustard which after living in England last Spring, it is always now in the larder at Linderhof -- it goes so well with ham sandwiches and we can buy it in our supermarket.    No trip to the city for this product!

And for dessert -- not a green dessert nor something made with beer and whisky but rather an apple cake -- apple cakes are a traditional Irish dessert (as beer and whisky things are not nor are green things) -- from a fellow blogger and long time friend, Mary from One Perfect Bite.  

It is a great apple cake -- not only for St. Patrick's but for anytime you have some apples that you want to make into a cake.  

We served it in a puddle of Bird's Custard (another product which is always kept in the larder -- alas, not easily sourced in our little town on the prairie but a British dessert wouldn't be  British dessert without custard or cream!)

We hope everyone enjoys a Happy St. Patrick's Day and may your day be filled with good food and green beer (or Guinness!)

(From One Perfect Bite courtesy of Margaret Johnson)

1/4 c. butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced (2 cups)
1/4 e. chopped walnuts
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 c. flour

Preheat oven to 350.   Generously grease an 8 inch square pan.   In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.    Add egg, apples, nuts and vanilla and stir well.    Sift in dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands.    This is a very stiff batter.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until cake is lightly browned and a skewer inserted into its center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.    Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then unfold and serve hot or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

NOTE FROM MARY:   I was not able to unmold my cake, so I sliced and served it from the pan.   Yield:  8 to 10 servings.

NOTE:    I did not try to unmold my cake and so served it from the pan.   I got SIX generous pieces.    


Deb said...

Oh, that cake looks amazing. I am a big fan of apple cake and should post a recipe for upside down apple cake soon. Thank you for the recipe. Have a great St. Paddy's Day.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Your meals always look so good!
Happy St Patrick's Day to you!


HAPPY ST. PATTY'S for you! That cake is making my mouth water! Thanks for the recipe, I love anything with apples, specially desserts like this one. Enjoy your weekend.

From the Kitchen said...

I'd don the green to have St. Patrick's Day at your table.
Enjoy those bangers--we sure have even Oliver had a small piece and he's declared himself Irish for the day.


Michelle said...

Yummy! Your apple dessert looks great. Bird's Custard is good in English Trifle too!

lindaraxa said...

I keep a jar of the Colemans in the fridge and a tin of their powder in the food closet always. Nothing like it.

I celebrated today with Reuben sandwiches for lunch, my idea of a great St. Paddy's Day.