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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Five Seconds of Fame

I received a call from our weekly newspaper
They wanted to interview me for their Citizen Spotlight column
We set the time for 3 on Tuesday

That morning, I set the table

Spode Blue Room cups and saucers, tea plates and tea pot

in the sunroom
And then

The perfect trio for tea -- tea, cake and cream

Baked a cake

The cake on my pressed glass cake stand

A Dorset Apple Cake
An ENGLISH Dorset Apple Cake

Lots of "Marvelous Martha's Dorset Apple Cakes" for sale.   We did bring one home as our tea treat.
And yes, it was "marvelous"!   Wait -- Martha's Marvelous -- not the cake!

Like these that came from a market in England
where we lived last Spring.

They were "Marvelous Martha's" and they were, indeed MARVELOUS!

And since it was baked by moi -- Martha
My cake too was a "Marvelous Martha's Dorset Apple Cake"!

Served with

Cost a lot more than the 90p that we paid in England -- like many dollars!

 Real Devonshire Cream

The blob of cream can't be too big!

A big blob on each piece

An English pastry fork -- which really should be used for tarts and not cakes . . but sometimes we "press the envelope" at Linderhof!

Perfect with a cup of tea -- Harney's Hot Cinnamon
from life+style


"Whenever they have company, they toss the dog out!"

Someone felt left out.  
The food . . . and the company was INSIDE
The dog was OUTSIDE.

My five seconds of fame?

It's in our local weekly, The Bourbon County Review

Where I was highlighted in the Citizen Spotlight column

I've been fending phone calls all day -- celebritism has it's price

The cake is good -- it's the third apple dessert I've made in as many days and I'm really hard pressed to pick a favorite for they are all good.  

But this one has memories.    First tasted in England, bought from a market, and not an ordinary Dorset Apple Cake either, but a "Marvelous Martha's Dorset Apple Cake".

The recipe is English as well -- from Nigella.   
It's easy to put together and is a really great tea cake.

(Marvelous Martha's)

225 g. butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
450 g. Granny Smith apples, finely grated
zest and juice of 1 lemon
225 g. caster sugar, plus extra for dredging (regular sugar)
3 large eggs
225 g. self-rising flour
2 t. baking powder
25 g. ground almonds
1 1/2 T. light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350.    Grease a deep 25 cm springform cake pan with a removable bottom, and line the bottom with baking paper.     Peel, core and grate the apples and toss with the lemon juice.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until pale and fluffy.    Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, adding a little flour with each addition to keep the mixture smooth.

Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds.

Drain the apple pieces well, then stir into the mixture.    Spoon into the prepared cake pan, lightly level the top and sprinkle with the brown sugar.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until well-risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.    If the cake starts to look a little too brown, cover with a sheet of baking paper after about 45 minutes.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.    Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate.    Dredge heavily with the extra caster sugar.    Cut the cake into generous wedges and serve warm with a spoonful of clotted cream.

It's Thursday

 and I'm sharing my table with Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Alicia said...

Well congrats! That's really pretty cool. I would interview too if it got me a slice of that cake and devonshire cream...yum!

Bookie said...

Congrats on the notice by the newspaper! Your cake looks so good...your house must smell wonderful!!! I have some apple but have had NO time to bake or cook with them. We bought an apple liquor while at the bourbon tour in Kentucky...they said it is great to cook with...

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Congratulations, Martha. What an honor to be recognized. The cake looks delicious, especially with the Devonshire cream on top! What a perfect cup of tea to accompany the dessert.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your apple cake with devonshire cream sounds delicious! And congratulations for being featured in your paper!

Cass @ That Old House said...

5 seconds? Martha, you're supposed to get 15 minutes of fame -- but maybe that would mean too many phone calls!

And you are a WILD CHILD, a crazy woman, eating cake with a pastry fork. What's next? Using a grapefruit spoon for your morning oatmeal? :-P

The cake looks delish, and I'd love to make it except I can never figure out recipes with "g"s instead of cups and spoons for measuring.

Don't you love Nigella? She's like watching food porn.

BTW LOVE that you live in Bourbon County. What's the backstory there?

PS We want the article so we can read it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Congratulations!!!! What a fabulous compliment to be featured in the newspaper. Love the cake too. Hugs, Marty

Bernideen said...

You are famous Martha! Loved the story and that article! Also LOVE THIS RECIPE!

On Crooked Creek said...

AMAZING!!! You are such a great community was your moment to shine, indeed!!! The cake sounds delicious!!! Lovely tablescape! Enjoy your shining moment for all it's worth!!!

Erica (Irene) said...

Congratulations Martha...very happy for you. Your cake looks absolutely delicious and I bet the house smells like heaven. Enjoy your fame Martha. :-)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Watch out for the paparazzi! Congrats on being featured.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh the cream! You're killing me! haha! Love those blue plates. And yes, everything looks marvelous!

william said...

Congratulations, Martha! I tried to find the article online but the website wasn't finished yet. The cake sounds delicious. I would love to try to make it and think it is possible to google the grams to figure out an approximation to cups.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Sincere congratulations! Your community is lucky to have someone with your energy and inspiration!

Pondside said...

That must have been fun, Martha! I'll be watching for you at the supermarket checkout - US, People - they'll all be hounding you now that they've seen your cake....

Rosemary said...

Enjoy your celebrity! Beautiful place settings... and tasty looking cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, that cake looks and sounds good. How wonderful to get some recognition and some kudos!

Oh, your photos are divine...I must get my act together soon...

Kimberly said...

So very fun!
In an ironic coincidence, I was interviewed by our local paper earlier this month. I made Autumn Cranberry Spice Scones and Earl Grey Tea for our interview/tea time. :)