Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Barley Wood Sticky Toffee Apple Cake
Those of you who follow this blog will know that I rarely get excited about sweet things so they have to be pretty special to inspire a post.
This one is. It's a speciality of The Ethicurean Cafe at Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington just outside Bristol. To my mind it's infinitely superior to the original sticky toffee pud which I find far too sweet. It's light and (obviously) appley with a caramelised topping and is served (bliss) with cinnamon infused pouring cream.
So obviously I asked for the recipe.
And obviously they said no.
Apparently it's taken them two years to get it to that stage (2 years! That's worthy of Heston) and they don't intend to reveal the secret of how it's done. Quite rightly, as it means that you have to go down there to get a fix.
There are many other good things on the menu including some rather fancy terrines and soups made with the gorgeous produce in the garden.
I should also declare an interest in that we're having our next Cheese School down there on October 30th which will include learning how to make cheese and matching cheeses with apples and cider from their fabulous orchards. So do sign up if you're free.