Here’s In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree by Duke Ellington
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup white sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
pinch allspice, nutmeg
4 small apples – peeled, cored and diced into 1/3 inch pieces, roughly
3 heaping T blackberry jam, mixed with one T cassis or other dark berry liqueur
3 T butter
1/3 cup golden syrup
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 cup rolled oats
In a large bowl cream the butter, molasses and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
Add all of the dry ingredients. Stir to make a thick batter. The apples will supply all the moisture that you need, and you’re going to add them…now!
Mix everything together and pour it into a prepared 8 or 9 inch cake tin. (prepared by being greased with butter and dusted with flour)
Spread the jam over the top of it.
In a small frying pan, combine the golden syrup, sugar and butter. When the sugar is melted and the butter is foamy, stir in the oats. Spread this evenly over the top of the jam.
Bake at 375 for 30- 40 minutes, until it’s browned and cripsy on top, and the center doesn’t wobble, and a knife stuck in the middle comes out clean.