Latvian Apple Cake, Fun in the Forest by Catherine Ferraz

With all the apples from the trees outside, this very easily became my first experience baking a Latvian Apple Cake in an authentic wood oven. Where do I start, certainly the rules of baking went out the window as there are no teaspoons or measuring cups in sight. With a lack measuring or baking equipment and no temperature gauge on the oven, this most certainly equals fun times. And then, when you think of a cake I thought flour, butter, eggs and the normal things. But then there was hardly any flour and so many eggs. I decided to just go with the flow, and use what I had. It was a first time for a few things that day. Then the task of finding a baking pan to fit into the long narrow oven without burning the cake to a char.

Obviously keeping a close eye on this cake, even taking it out and turning to make sure of the even cooking. I had no idea what this would turn out like or if I would pass the test from my Latvian family. After an agonising hour and 45 minutes it emerged looking delicious. I cut a slice into the cake hoping for the best results, at lest for looks so far, it was a pass. We tried our first slice with mint tea from the garden, and since passing the test it was safe to share with the rest of the family.

Latvian Apple Cake fun in the forest by Catherine Ferraz

Nikon D3100 with 40mm Macro | Exposure 1/125sec @ f/8 | ISO 280 | Focal length 40mm

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Catherine is a food photographer and copywriter based in Antigua. Growing up in Trinidad and Antigua exposing her to the greatest of food cultures from a very young age. Immersed in a culture of food, cocktails, and wine starting has translated into a keen eye for simple beauty with a love affair for authentic cuisine. She believes that every dish and product is unique and has its own beauty. Her aim as a photographer is to provide the best setting for each individual creation to be beautifully authentic.

Catherine strives to capture the story behind the dish. Her goal with food photography is always to create an emotional connection. For Catherine, food is not just a bunch of ingredients combined. Food represents memories in time, heritage, culture, and love. A desire to get up close and personal with each dish, and showcase its beauty from the eyes of the creator as opposed to merely the eyes of the beholder.

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St. John’s, Antigua


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