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Directory of Dorset’s Independent Food and Drink Businesses

Directory of Dorset’s Independent Food and Drink Businesses

We have spent time finding Dorset’s amazing independent food and drink businesses and making this Directory as an online resource to help people find their local businesses. We have separated the lists a little to make it hopefully easier to find what you are looking…

Dorset’s Restaurants, Cafes and Bars.

Dorset’s Restaurants, Cafes and Bars.

*Current Government restrictions due to Covid19 may mean that these restaurants are temporarily takeaway only or open with restricted seating. Always check with an establishment before travelling.  We wanted to make a Directory of all Dorset’s restaurants and takeaways but there are just so many,…

Dorset’s Micro Food Producers

Dorset’s Micro Food Producers

Many of our amazing food producers handmake their food products from home or from small factories across Dorset. They are made (or grown)  in small batches and often supply many of our cafes, restaurants, farm shops and delis as well as making products for sale…

Dorset’s Drink producers

Dorset’s Drink producers

The beautiful weather we get in this county is perfect for growing vineyards for making delicious (and in many cases Award Winning_ sparkling wine and cider. Dorset also plays host to fabulous breweries, distilleries and coffee roasteries. We have listed below as many drink producers…

Dorset’s Greengrocers, Fishmongers, Butchers and Bakeries

Dorset’s Greengrocers, Fishmongers, Butchers and Bakeries

These individual food shops give space for locally made, grown, caught and cared for produce to be collated, curated and sold. They make up our local high streets and they care passionately about their stores. We have listed below as many as we can find…

Dorset’s Farm Shops, Zero Waste Shops, Village Stores and Delis

Dorset’s Farm Shops, Zero Waste Shops, Village Stores and Delis

Farm shops are an amazing way to shop local and they work hard to stock a wide range of local products, from local meat, milk, cheese, bread, cake, fruit, vegetables and eggs to locally produced items like jams, chutneys, sauces, coffee and tea. Zero Waste…

Dorset’s Milk Vending Machines

Dorset’s Milk Vending Machines

During our daily lockdown walk through the village, there was one thing that seemed to be chugging along as normal and that was the installation of a milk vending machine. I thought what a brilliant innovative idea, until I found out later there are a…

Review of Olivero Olive Oil

Review of Olivero Olive Oil

I’m always on the look out for a local product that is grown and produced with love and care. I was recently given a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Olivero and it is the perfect example of the type of product and business…

Legal Advice for Food and Drink Businesses during Covid19 Pandemic

Legal Advice for Food and Drink Businesses during Covid19 Pandemic

We’ve been listening to the food and drink community in Dorset and have seen people reaching out for help with different topics. We have been in touch with local, award winning law firm Steele Raymond LLP, to put together a list of legal areas food…

Diverse Abilities Charity Recipe Book and Cookie Recipe

Diverse Abilities Charity Recipe Book and Cookie Recipe

Diverse Abilities, a charity that helps children and adults who have profound physical and learning disabilities, have rustled up a delicious recipe book stuffed full of sweet bakes all donated by people associated with their charity. Entitled ‘Scrumptious Home Baking’, the recipe book costs £9.95…


Our Favourite Recipe

Recipe for a Dorset Apple Cake

Recipe for a Dorset Apple Cake

Here is a hugely popular recipe for the wonderful Dorset Apple Cake and is the perfect thing to use up those Autumnal apples. This is from a hand written recipe that has been kicking around our recipe books for a long time. I could say it is the true recipe for Dorset Apple Cake, but I would be wrong, because everyone has their own version and much intolerance abounds. Dorset Apple Cake is just a cake that has apples, brown sugar and sometimes cinnamon. The apples can be in the cake, on top, both on top and in the cake; it’s entirely up to you! It is also equally as good as a pudding with a good dollop of homemade custard top.

If you do use this recipe, please add comment below or even better please send us a photograph of your cake and we will pop it on our Instagam page. info@dorset.foodiefeed.co.uk

For the definitive on how to cook a perfect Dorset Apple cake, read Felicity Cloake’s article in The Guardian – we get a mention as well!

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/how-to-cook-the-perfect-dorset-apple-cake

Dorset Apple Cake

January 2, 2017
: 12
: 20 min
: 45 min
: 1 hr 5 min
: Easy

Our most popular recipe.

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Ingredients
  • 225g cooking apples, peeled, chopped, but remember to slice some for the top
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 115g butter, diced
  • 165g dark muscovado sugar for a dark Christmassy cake or light muscovado sugar for lighter cake or even golden demerara sugar will do (use 50g of this for the topping)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2–3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
  • Step 2 Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin. (How to line your tin video here)
  • Step 3 Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together then rub in the butter, until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Step 4 Stir 115 g of the sugar, the apple and the egg, mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.
  • Step 5 Transfer into your tin.
  • Step 6 In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
  • Step 7 Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.