One morning, it was not yet light; thin fog prevailed and, a cacophony of birds in the kitchen garden shattered the early morning tranquility. Some squirrels too joined the bandwagon and the commotion reached a crescendo, prompting us to ferret out the reason. Birds were hovering atop wood apple tree. Our Dog too was letting out occasional barks. Amidst all the din and clamour, we spotted a cat on the higher branches of the tree. Presumably, the dog chased the cat, and, the harried creature took refuge in the tree, much to the dislike of the birds who always regard cats with suspicion. The dog was chained till the cat came down and the drama ended happily with peace returning.
A custard apple tree in our garden is laden with fruit. First prerogative is of the birds who love pecking the ripe fruits. We pluck later. This year the bumper harvest was shared between the birds, our neighbours and us. Some fruits were enjoyed plain, while two were used in a cake.
It was an experiment that was undertaken reluctantly but was a success.
The cake has a unique flavour and sweetness of custard apples.
Crumb is super soft and moist, and a little grittiness gives it a great texture. Must try cake for those who love to experiment and want to bake something different and new
Custard Apple Cake
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch baking soda
1 pinch salt
2 free range eggs
1 stick (1/2 cup butter)
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup warm milk
2 large ripe custard apples
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake pan.
Remove pulp from the custard apples. Mash pulp with hands. Remove seeds.
Whisk together first four ingredients.
Beat egg whites till frothy.
Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy. Add yolks.
Add custard apple pulp and vanilla essence. Add egg white. Stir well to get a uniform mixture.
Now add flour mix in three shifts. Every time you add flour, add warm milk. Stir till you get a lump free batter.
Pour batter in the prepared tin. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes till the top turns brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the pan. Cool in the rack. Slice next day.