I introduced Smith’s Gin a while ago since then I have been chatting to Smiths Gin’s owner, Rachel. She called me with the most stunning idea that involved her gins (obviously) and food!
The idea: To send 3 bottles of gin traveling all across Gauteng and Cape Town.
The details: I get 3 bottles of Smith’s Gin, one in each flavour. I taste each one then pick just one and create a recipe. There are no rules as to what we can create, it is completely up to us. Once I have made my recipe, I nominate someone and the gin gets sent on to them to create something, they then nominate someone and so it goes on until the bottles are done.
So in short we are creating the “influencerhood of the traveling gin”.
I had no idea what I was going to make until I started googling gin recipes and discovered there is a lot you can make with gin! I narrowed the search down to a few different recipes but after putting it to a vote, we decided on an gin and apple cake. And I am so glad that we did because the result was EPIC!!
Smiths Gin comes in 3 different flavours, elderflower, citrus and spiced. As a drink, I love the orange flavour but once I decided on the dish we were going to make I knew we had to use the spiced flavour!
Apples are one of our favourite ingredients when it comes to baking, we use them often. We have made many many apple pies and tarts over the years but I can honestly say this one was the most amazing.
Smith’s Gin and Apple Cake
- 225 g Margarine or butter
- 275 g Brown Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 250 g Flour
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tbsp Smiths Spiced Gin
- 3-4 Green Apples, peeled and sliced
- 100 g Butter
- 130 g Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Smiths Gin
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix.
- Add all the dry ingredients together, including the gin and mix into the egg and sugar mix.
- Melt the butter and sugar in a heavy saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Once it has dissolved, add in the gin.
- Pour the caramel into a cake tin (see nots for tin size). Spread the apple slices out in the caramel sauce. Cover with the cake mix.
- Bake for 50 minutes in a 180°C degree oven.
The spiced Smith’s Gin is made up of a range of strong spices like cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and cloves. These flavours all come through in this cake, the kids actually picked up a lot of the flavours which was pretty cool.
We will definitely be making this recipe again (and again).
The gin now heads off to Candice from Lexis Lunch and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!!
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