I had wanted to make an apple cake for a while but had never got round to it.. until we arrived in Canada on our journey Around the World in 12 Dishes. Browsing through the recipes I discovered that apple cake is very popular in Canada and voilaa… the desicion was made!
This is how we made the apple cake.
We needed five apples,
1/2 cup all+ purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla
All we did was:
First we peeled and sliced the apples. Then in a large bowl we whisked together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. In another bowl we whisked together eggs, milk, butter and vanilla ad poured over the dry ingredients. After stirring gently to combine we folded in the apples. The dough was ready! Easy peasy! I poured the dough into a small parchment paper lined baking tray and baked about 40 mins in 220 C (425 F). We let it cool about ten minutes and the dusted with icing sugar. This cake really is yummy!! We have actually made it several times by now :)
If I think of the country the first thing that comes into my mind is a FLAG. I find it fascinating how different countries got their flags and what the colours represent.
So the national flag of Canada has two vertical bands of red (hoist and fly side) with a white square between them and an 11-pointed red maple leaf in the centre of the white square.
The red color symbolises the Canadian sacrifice during World Wars whilst white is the symbol of peace, and calm, demonstrating that they wish to remain neutral.
Before the coming of the first European settlers, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples had discovered the edible properties of maple sap, which they gathered every spring. Maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700. In 1860 the maple leaf was adopted as the national emblem of Canada and red and white were designated as Canada’s official colours in 1921.
Whilst our Draig Coch was watching we started to make our own Canadian flags. We made three different ones. I I love the idea of handprints on the flag, we thought to make one version by using handprints. Lil Mermaid painted the sides of the flag red and then put some paint onto her palm and made a cute handprint for the maple leaf.
For the next picture we scrunched up some red paper and then flattened it. I loved the crunchy pattern on the paper. We cut out two wide strips from the paper and glued them onto the white card. I then cut out a maple leaf out of red paper and lil Mermaid glued it down. She started to make little balls out of tissue paper, before sticking them onto the red maple leaf.
For the third picture we used the crunched up paper again and for the flag I just drew an outline of the maple leaf so my lil one could fill it with little pieces of red paper.
Check the other blogs of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” for their Canadian creations:
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