For various reasons we have ended up with a gallon of cider… which would be great if any of us drank cider. I really wish I liked it – especially as Somerset is now our county, where we live, and a fine place too. Somerset is renowned for many things, including cheese and cider – so as it is a local product I would love to enjoy it… but I just don’t. I don’t like the taste and I particularly don’t like the smell. I wish I did!
So, not to waste it I’ve been using it in cooking; I made a chicken in cider casserole with cooking apples, onions and celery and lots of herbs, in the oven at this very minute is a bacon joint slow-cooking in cider with dessert apples, red onion, sweet pepper, pomegranate molasses and lots of ground pepper, and I have another recipe in mind for a Somerset beef casserole with butter beans and tomatoes as well as the beef and cider (and a few other things)
My next thing to make is a cider cake – and from a collection of Somerset recipes, here’s the one I am going to use:
Somerset cider cake
- 4 oz Somerset butter
- 4 oz sugar
- 2 eggs
- 8 oz flour, sifted with ½ tsp each of bicarbonate of soda. ginger, and nutmeg
- 5 fl oz good Somerset cider whisked until it is really frothy
- cream butter and sugar until it is really lightly and creamy and pale in colour
- gently fold in half the flour and spice mix
- stir in the cider,very gently
- fold in the rest of the flour
- pour into a greased and line 7″ cake tin and put into a preheated oven, 300ºF, 150ºC, gas mark 2 for 45 mins
- keep for a day before you cut it, eat it, enjoy it!
PS I have to confess that the gallon of cider we have is Devon cider… not Somerset…