Three Traditional Autumn Apple Recipes - Cake, Pudding and a Crumble

by KathleenDuffy

Versatile Autumn apples are perfect for making comforting Winter puddings, cakes and pies. Here's three delicious Fall recipes to chase away those Winter blues.

These three recipes will make delicious, warming desserts. They will also come in handy for getting rid of the autumn apple glut, or taking advantage of cheaper prices in the stores.

They are easy to make - the Malvern recipe is perhaps a bit more time-consuming - and draw on deeply traditional recipes that have been around for many years, in a variety of cultures and in various guises.

So no one can deny that apples are definitely the most versatile of fruits and have earned their mythic reputation!

Polish Apple Cake


This Polish version of the versatile Apple Cake is also a popular Jewish recipe, with the addition of orange juice in place of milk. If has therefore travelled far from its roots but still retains its traditional delicious flavour and spicy aroma.



  • 375g/13oz self-raising flour
  • 3-4 large cooking apples
  • 10ml/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 500g/1¼ lb caster sugar
  • 4 eggs beaten lightly
  • 250ml/8fl oz vegetable oil
  • 120ml/4fl oz orange juice
  • 10ml/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2.5ml/½ tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
  2. Grease a 30 x 38cm/12 x 15in square cake tin, then dust with a little of the flour
  3. Core and thinly slice the unpeeled apples
  4. Put sliced apples in a bowl and mix with cinnamon and 75m/5 tbsp of the sugar
  5. In separate bowl beat together eggs, rest of the sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla essence.
  6. Sift in remaining flour and salt and stir into the mixture
  7. Pour two-thirds of cake mixture into the prepared tin, cover with one-third of the apples.
  8. Pour over the remaining cake mixture and top with remaining apple.
  9. Bake for one hour, or until golden.
  10. The cake should be left to cool in the tin.
  11. Serve warm.

Unbelievably comforting!

Gathering Apples In the Old Way

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The Apple Gatherers, 1880

Apple and Fig Crumble


Here’s a variation on an old favourite, Apple Crumble, which should serve three to four people and is delicious served with either traditional custard or pouring cream.




  • 50g/20z wholewheat flour
  • 40g/1½oz porridge oats
  • 16g/½oz desiccated coconut
  • 50g/2oz melted butter
  • Six drops vanilla essence


  • 125g/4oz chopped figs
  • 150ml/¼ pint water
  • 225g/8oz cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced.


  1. Pre-heat over to Gas 5, 375°F, 190°C
  2. Mix crumble ingredients together
  3. Put figs in a pan with water and simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Combine the apples and figs in an oven dish and pour over remaining fig juice
  5. Sprinkle crumble mixture on top and bake near top of oven for 25-30 minutes.


Traditional Malvern Apple Pudding


As the name suggests, this recipe originated in Worcestershire, famous for its apples. Cooking apples (Russets are nice) are used in this recipe, but you can use sweet eating apples too. This pudding freezes well and is best frozen as soon as it is cold, making sure it is covered with fresh paper and foil. To reheat, thaw first, and then steam or boil in a basin for approx half an hour. A microwave may defrost quicker, which the writer hasn't tried.



  • 25g/4oz butter
  • 125g/4oz sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 125g/4oz plain or self-raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 medium Russet apples peeled and cored
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 50g/2oz currants
  • 2 or 3 tbsp brandy

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  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add the beaten egg
  3. Fold in the flour and salt
  4. Peel, core and chop the apples and mix with lemon rind, currants and brandy
  5. Grease a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin.
  6. Put a square of greased, greaseproof paper on the bottom of the basin
  7. Put mixture into the basin and cover with greaseproof paper and foil, securing with string if desired
  8. Steam the pudding for 1½ to 2 hours using a steamer or an upturned saucer in a saucepan with a lid. Pour boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basin and keep an eye on it, adding more water when necessary.
  9. Turn out the pudding and serve with custard.

All these recipes are well worth the effort!

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Updated: 10/09/2013, KathleenDuffy
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frankbeswick on 06/18/2015

It is nice to hear from you again, Kathleen.

KathleenDuffy on 06/18/2015

Ha ha! Love that! :)

Veronica on 06/16/2015

ha ! with a lovely name like Kathleen Duffy, you probably have the recipe already :)

KathleenDuffy on 06/16/2015

Hell Veronica, Thanks for you comments. I hope the Apple and Figs turns out ok. Yes, I agree that these traditional recipes are so comforting and cheap! I will look for the Kerry Apple Cake. All the best.

Veronica on 06/14/2015

Apple and figs sounds a wonderful idea. Thank you, I will try that for sure.

Kerry Apple Cake from Ireland is a lovely recipe if you care to google for it. I do wish these traditional desserts would come back into favour as they are so nutritious and economical too.

KathleenDuffy on 10/21/2013

I am glad you find them inspiring! :)

WriterArtist on 10/21/2013

I love baked food and these are some amazing apple recipes. Just right for the autumn season.

KathleenDuffy on 10/09/2013

So do I, Maggie! I think I'll do some this weekend!

MaggiePowell on 10/09/2013

I will have to try the cake recipe... I love apple cake

KathleenDuffy on 10/09/2013

Hi jptanabe - they blend well together, the figs and apple!

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