A few weeks ago I decided I'd had enough of the little bags, packets and jars that were my collection of spices. Those jars especially were becoming very irksome. Why are spices sold in jars which are too narrow to get a teaspoon in? Why? What is needed are short and wide containers not tall and thin ones. Containers modelled on myself in fact.
I spent a very pleasant hour labelling and filling my spice pots.
This morning I opened up my pots of cinnamon and ground cloves to make a spiced apple cake. When I looked up the recipe I discovered I posted it on the day I was waiting for Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries Volume ii to be delivered. Well, here I am three years later making it again and waiting for Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries Vol iii to be delivered.
Here's the recipe, I call it Apple-Clove cake but today I used cinnamon as well as cloves and substituted wholemeal flour for half the plain flour. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a traybake tin 9'' by 13''.
It's the perfect September cake, lovely with a cup of tea and a new Nigel Slater book.