Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 16 pieces

Simple-to-whip-up apple cake that can be cut into bars or squares for a tea time treat

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
285
protein
4g
carbs
39g
fat
13g
saturates
8g
fibre
1g
sugar
23g
salt
0.66g

Ingredients

  • 450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 225g butter, softened
  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • demerara sugar, to sprinkle

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a rectangular baking tin (approx 27cm x 20cm) with parchment paper. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples then squeeze the lemon juice over. Set to one side.
  2. Place the butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well until smooth. Spread half the mixture into the prepared tin. Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture, then repeat the layers. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar. 3 Bake for 45-50 mins until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn out of tin and remove paper. Cut into bars or squares.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2006

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JP's picture
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Made this cake with margarine instead of butter and used a slightly smaller square tin as I didn't have a tin the right size. The results were delicious and will make again using apples from my garden.

Singstar999's picture
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I'm afraid I can't agree with all the enthusiastic comments about this tray bake. Cooked it yesterday and it was not very good at all. Very dense texture and the proportion of apple to cake didn't seem right, not enough apple, although I weighed all the ingredients and followed the recipe exactly.

shetlandgirl123's picture

Just finished the last slice of this. It's delicious! We added a teaspoon of mixed spice to the apples and used ordinary eating apples since we didn't have cooking ones.

bartoloc's picture

only had two eggs so used half the amounts stated and substituted butter for extra virgin olive oil and the result was perfect!

beadyface's picture

how much oil did you use?

gengenjones's picture

Have made this three times already - deliciously light gorgeous for afternoon tea in the garden or as dessert. Have made it without any fruit also and that makes it a simple cake but just as yummy.

last edited: 16:38, 21st Jun, 2013
liostick2's picture

Have mayed this many times.... It's also del. With fresh rasberries, blueberries, and strawberries....

sasha82's picture

I've got this cooking in the oven at the moment but I've had to leave it in for another 10 mins as the middle wasn't cooked. I'm having to bake it in a halogen oven though, so maybe this is the problem? Also I found the mix was really really heavy, is it supposed to be like this or have I done something wrong? Help me!! It looks so delicious I really want to get it right :)

cogger's picture
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Easy and absolutely delicious with custard. Love the slightly sour apples against the sweet sponge and the way it brown and crisps up on sides and top makes it more than moreish. For those advocating spice, dried fruits, booze etc...less is more!

KochinVeronica's picture
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This cake is OMG....awesoomeee!

sharalou's picture
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The apple makes this nice and moist. Little bit too sweet for me so I'd probably put in slightly less sugar next time. I didn't have the correct tray for baking this in so I used a square cake tin, which made it more of a deep cake than a tray bake but it was fine - I just cooked it on a lower heat for longer. Very tasty though and a nice way to use up the glut of Bramleys.

ruthdavies's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! A real family favourite and every single friend who has tasted it has asked for the recipe. A winner!

mums_kitchen's picture

Lovely cake. Just on my third square to make sure I wasn't wrong with the first two! Used eating apples as didn't have cookers. Used 200g of sugar and it seems perfect. Will try it again with much less sugar and see what the brandy soaked sultanas are like.

a-payne's picture
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Added sultanas soaked in brandy - scrummy

emmabox's picture
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I made it for a party and it was a huge hit :)

nicnac1511's picture

I've baked this cake several times now, and it's a big hit with family friends and colleagues!
Give it a go!!!

handsonpaws's picture
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This overflowed the cake tin but I had expected it so put a tray underneath. Once the edges were tidied up it didn't look at all bad. It tasted really lovely (I did add cinnamon to the flour), my husband preferred it as a slab of cake, cold in his hand but I like it warmed with custard. Either way it's delish!

badactress66's picture
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Really like this. Very simple to make, clean tastes. I am going to add cinnamon next time.

shaunsibo's picture
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amazing with fresh custard !!!!!!!!

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