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Saturday 6 July 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - AGATHA CHRISTIE

Agatha Christie wrote 66 detective novels and is one of the widest-read authors ever. 

She created Miss Marple and the wonderful Hercule Poirot. 

In 1938, she bought Greenway, a beautiful house and grounds in the Devon countryside.

It was the setting for a few of her novels and it, along with the grounds and the boathouse, has been used in some of the recent TV adaptations.

Zelda was privileged to visit recently, with friends Julie and Adrian. 
It seems fitting, therefore, to invite her to dinner.
At Greenway, we enjoyed some delicious apple and cider cake, so I have recreated it here, served with her favourite clotted cream - apparently she used to keep some beside her as she wrote her novels!


100ml medium sweet cider
225g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
225g caster sugar
225g butter, softened
2 large free range eggs
2 large cooking apples

Prepare the tin. Grease and line or use a liner. Heat oven to 180°C/ Gas 4/ 350°F
Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand-held electric whisk.
Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then mix in the cider.
Add this to the flour and mix well.
Peel and core the apples. Chop into cubes.
Add to the bowl and stir.
Spoon into the tin and level the top.
Cook for about 1½ hours until an inserted skewer or knife will come out clean.
Allow to cool fully, then remove from the tin.

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