Champion of British cooking, top chef and prolific food writer Mark Hix
In his newest cookbook, Mark Hix on Baking, the renowned chef applies his characteristic flair to a range of sweet and savoury recipes that reflect his own unique interpretation of baking, which covers pretty much anything that can be cooked in an oven. Split into chapters covering snacks, bread, meat and fish, vegetables, savoury and sweet tarts and puddings and cakes, Hix's selection of recipes are based on his "favourite baked dishes, those which I have been cooking for years or eaten on my travels around the globe". Yet another great British cookbook to add to my culinary library.
Mark Hix's most recent cookbook - Mark Hix on Baking
Bramley Apple & Cider Pudding Cake
Recipe courtesy Mark Hix
1 3/4 cups medium strength cider
8 oz fruit sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
2 oz sultanas
2 oz raisins
1 orange, grated zest only
4 oz brown or white bread
4 large eggs, beaten
2 medium sized Bramley apples, peeled, cored and sliced*
2 oz butter
Icing sugar, for dusting
Bring the cider, sugar, spices, sultanas, raisins and orange zest to the boil. Break the bread into small pieces and mix into the syrup in a bowl. Cover with cling film and leave overnight.
Meanwhile peel core and slice the apples, cutting half of one into rings for the top of the cake. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the apples on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring as they're cooking, until they're lightly coloured then leave to cool.
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Fold the eggs into the bread mixture then fold in the apples. Pour the mixture into a round springform cake pan, lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until the cake is firm, and dust the top with icing sugar while it's still hot.