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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izumii's picture
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Had a lot of golden delicious apples to use up from my back garden and came across this recipe. After reading reviews, I added a tsp of ground mixed spice and a tsp of ground cinnamin. This gave the cake a lovely flavour. I used half soft brown sugar and half golden castor sugar. I used less sugar as my apples were naturally sweeter than other tart/cooking apples. The cake took longer to cook then recipe stated but this could be due to my oven not being very good. Am unsure about the consistency of cake, as although the flavour was great, it was a bit moist. Perhaps too moist and undercooked?

kypnut's picture
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nice cake but a little bland i should have added some spices, I'll make again but add mixed spice.

1cooking1's picture

Great cake - I agree that it could be served hot with custard too

21stcenturyhousewife's picture
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The texture of this tray bake is wonderful, when looking at the batter i was worried it would be massively dense and stodgy but it came out buttery and light. however I added a teaspoon and a bit of cinnamon and a teaspoon of allspice to add extra flavour and it wasn't enough to make it really pop with fall flavours. Next time i am adding more vanilla and half a teaspoon more cinnamon and hoping for the best!

ina_vi's picture
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Wow, I made this cake today, and it's just Perfection! :) Next time I'll add some vanilla ice-cream - I had none today :/ But my hubby loved it anyway :)

chickin66's picture
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Really easy to make, but a bit fiddly to put in the tin as the mixture is so thick. I needed to cook mine for 65 minutes in the fan oven, but it was really delicious and have now made it twice.

kosicedeb's picture
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Reduced the amount of sugar as used golden delicious apples. Also changed sugar to half muscovado and white caster as only had them in. Also added some cinnamon. Took an extra half hour to cook (my oven is not the best) but turned out very good. Better the next day. Everyone loved it. Will make again.

jkchapple's picture

Hi All
I made this cake today with windfall apples and added mixed spice, however I had cut apples left, so I mixed with the sugar and added more mixed spice and used as a topping. Took much longer to cook, but worth it.

plums1's picture

Does Mary Berry mind Leslie riping off her recipe? It's lifted straight from one of her cake books.

shazboore's picture
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Lovely! I added cinnamon and used braeburns. Next time will use slightly more apple and slice less thinly. My kids couldnt get enough of it

julietulip's picture
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Added a little mixed spice to the sponge ... but other than that I followed the recipe as is ... delicious! Will make again.

yassmina's picture
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I think this is the best apple bake I have tried so far, very yummy...

maryechappell's picture
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Lovely cake, will make again, may try mixed spice as others have done.

knockfarrel's picture

It might have been an idea to give a depth of tin. It may save everyones mix from pouring all over the floor of the oven as mine did

rachel8084's picture
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This was really nice served warm with toffee ice cream. It wasn't so enjoyable plain and cold however. I would also slice the apples a bit thicker next time, the recipe stated thinly, but the apple on the top layer then dried out and was a bit chewy.

norathepixie's picture
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So easy to make and really yummy - nearly all gone!

sali4444's picture
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This was really enjoyed. I made rum and raisen ice cream and toffee sauce to go with it and that was a delicious combination.
Did make small change to recipe, I used less sugar and added raisens and 2 table spoon of mixed spice. Would do the same again. But generally a nice pudding. Think it would taste lovely fresh out oven with some clotted cream too.

crazycookbekah's picture
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This is a beautifully moist cake. It took a little longer to cook than expected but there were no negative effects from this.

smp789's picture
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I have made this a few times now and used Braeburn apples instead of cooking apples. This makes it much tastier. Delicious and moist. And so simple to make!

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