Mulled Cider


1.5 litres Dowdings still cider

7 TBS Calvados

400 ml Dowdings apple juice

50-75g dark muscovado sugar (depending on how sweet you like your mulled cider!)

Zest  of one orange, pared into strips

4 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks, broken into halves

1 TBS all-spice berries


Pour the cider, apple juice and calvados into a large pan.

Gently heat until the sugar is melted to begin the mulling.

Add the remaining ingredients, turn down the heat to a low simmer for about 30 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Devon Apple Cake

This is an excellent recipe!  A Devon apple cake.  This was sent to me a long time ago by friend Rona Amiss - who with her husband, Nevil, used to work on my farm when young and then farmed in Devon.  Now they are in Cornwall, and have tenancy of the Naional Trust Tregullas Farm - the southernmost farm in the UK mainland!

I made one to take to the Screen Bites film in October.......and it won the against the 4 others! It is the one nearest and won because it had the most apple in it - the theme was Apple Day so I guess that nailed it.

Oliver's prize-winning cake at Screen Bites 21.10.17.jpg



225g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

225g castor sugar

2 organic duck eggs

150g butter, melted

350g apples, peeled and sliced (windfalls will do)

25g Flaked almonds

1.   Grease 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin.

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Spread half of the mixture in the tin. Thickly slice the apples and place on the mixture, piling most of them in the middle.

Put the remaining mixture over the apples.

Sprinkle with the almonds.

Cook in a preheated oven at 170C for 45 minutes until golden and shrinking away from the side of the tin.

Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with cream.

N.B.  I add .c20% or so extra flour to make the mix drier and so the cake is less soggy (in the middle).

You can see Rona and Nevil's farm on Facebook.