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“How not to cook like My Daddy Cooks”?

My Sunday morning was significantly brightened by news of a post over on the lovely Becky Willoughby’s “Single Mummy” blog. On watching our Easy Apple and Raspberry Tray Cake video, Becky and her daughter were inspired to cook it. It’s fair to say it didn’t quite go to plan and Becky has kindly allowed me to publish her post here.

BUT in many ways, this is EXACTLY how to cook like “My Daddy Cooks”. Archie and I have many disasters like this. All that matters is the fun you can have when cooking and preparing food together. And as I always say, if you are using ingredients such as sugar, apples, flour and egg, there is only so wrong it can go. Even if it doesn’t look great, it’s always going to taste more than okay.

You can head over to Becky’s Blog if you want to read more of her adventures as a single mum with two gorgeous kids…


My daughter and I were inspired to bake this morning after watching Nick and Archie make their Easy Apple and Raspberry Tray Bake and decided we could make one too…

So off my daughter went to raid kitchen for the ingredients:

About 400g firm cooking apples or other “sharp” variety daughter doesn’t like cookers so used eaters

A punnet of raspberries (we had a handful left in the fridge, hence why we added them to this recipe! You can use as many or as few as you want) none left so omitted

Juice of one lemon had to use lemon juice from bottle

225g plain butter

225g self-raising flour

225g caster sugar only had fine brown sugar

3 large eggs

2-3 heaped tbsp ground almonds I hate almonds so omitted

1 tbsp demerara sugar

As you can see we were going off the recipe already… but daughter attempted to weigh everything out:

So back to the recipe…

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F no problem with that bit!

and grease an 8 inch rectangular baking tin with butter, then line it with baking paper. oh haven’t got one of those, hope the square one will do…

Peel the apples and cut them into 5mm slices (no core). Squeeze the lemon juice over the slices and leave them in a bowl until you are ready to use them. after I had sliced them I realised that I had forgotten to peel them – hope that doesn’t cause a problem

Meanwhile son is not helping much by knocking scales as daughter is weighing ingredients… table getting rapidly covered in flour and sugar…

Using an electric whisk (or, for complete ease, a food mixer), blend together the sugar and butter until it becomes light and fluffy. the plastic whisk attachments in mixer object to the blending process by bending and coming out of their sockets. Swap them for the dough blade but this doesn’t appear to result in light and fluffy cake mix.. Let’s go old fashioned and transfer to bowl and wooden spoon:

All the other ingredients were dutifully whisked in.

Pour the mix into the prepared baking tin then add the apples (drained from the lemon juice) and the raspberries. Hmm my mix doesn’t pour so I’ll spoon it in instead… hmm my cake tin is maybe a little bit too big as mix only just covers the base… I’m sure on the video the apples were in the cake mix and not just on top… oh well…

Sprinkle the demerara sugar on top what is that dark brown stuff coming out with the sugar? who has put coffee granules in the sugar??? oh well I’m sure it won’t change the taste…

We baked it in the oven as per directions and this was the result:

Nothing like it did when done by Nick and Archie!! As the proof of the pudding is in the eating and not what it looks like we all agreed it does actually taste yummy, even if my kids won’t eat the apples…

Apologies to Nick and to learn how to do this properly please go to My Daddy Cooks and watch and learn. Think I won’t be taking up a cookery blog any time soon..

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