It rained again. I baked again. (Maybe I'd own a little bakery in Ireland if I hadn't emigrated?)
I went with my old reliable Kerry Apple Cake recipe, but instead of one big cake, I made little apple cupcakes or cakeens. When those sweet little hot apple cakeens came out of the oven, I knew I had just given birth to my new favorite dessert ... so I adopted the recipe from Kerry. These cakeens are Clare Apple Cakeens now (pending confirmation by the Federal Court of County Kerry).
Still easy peasy. 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking powder, and pinch salt all together in a large bowl. Cut in a half cup of butter until it looks crumbly. Peel five apples and slice them thin. Toss into flour-butter mix along with 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix it up. Add 2 beaten eggs and a splash of milk. Spoon into muffin/cupcake pan. Bake at 375F for 40 mins or so. Enjoy with heavy cream.
You will never eat an uncooked apple again.