Alfonso’s Apple Cake

A little while ago we borrowed a book from the library- ‘Apple Cake: A Recipe For Love’. It is the charming story of Idea and Alfonso and his quest to win his love’s heart, through baking.

The book is remarkably specific in terms of his recipe, so we decided to try it out.

We choose three apples, one green and two red. Chopped them up and set them in water while we made the batter. 
We beat two tablespoons of butter with a cup of sugar.  Added two eggs (with a touch of shell, thanks Eli!), a cup of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt (from the mundane salt shaker, not harvested from the ocean like Alfonso’s).
We added some bitters (three wishes- one bitter, two sweet) and blew kisses, then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top. 
The smell permeated our kitchen, just as it lured Ida away from her book. Before long we were tucking into warm and crumbly apple cake. It was delicious! Who would have thought a children’s book could yield such a delectable cake.
Despite the magical book having been returned, we have now made the cake three more times, including with the addition of jelly. At least if I have a memory blank, we can now refer to this post for future cooking reference. Thanks Alfonso!

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