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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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!

sarahfreeman's picture
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Very easy and very moist, kids loved it!

embles's picture
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Really nice. Added cinnamon and a few sultanas because I can't have apples without. Also used half soft brown sugar which worked really well.
Mine browned a little too much, so would reduce cooking time a bit.

greengirl's picture

mine has turned out more like a pudding than a sliceable traybake but I'm not complaining - it is lovely. I part-cooked my apples with some mixed spice and then mised it through the sponge to make it all appley - lovely! bring on the ice cream!

smp789's picture
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This is a great recipe. I searched for something as I had lots of apples to use up and this was really easy to make and made a lovely moist cake. Will definitely make it again!

cherristar's picture
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This recipe was easy to use and the end result tasted delicious. My four children enjoy it warm with ice cream. On my 2nd go at making it I added cinnamon. Also really tasty!

sketchydoodle's picture
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Very easy to make and delicious! Adding cinnamon is a nice touch.

caz7579's picture
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I would agree that it was a bit bland, although everyone liked it. Definately needs a bit of spicing up and probably nicer served warm.

supercook69's picture
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Hmm this cake tasted nice BUT it certainly took alot longer then the time stated. For 2 reasons I think, firstly I dont think the cake tin is big enough; it needs to be alot deeper. And secondly, because the apples are so wet from the lemon jucie; which I think draws the water in the apples out. So therefore the cake needs longer cooking time. Will I try again?? probably not, I have far better apple cake recipes I can use.

jenki2's picture
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This was lovely! My whole family begged me to make it again!
Very quick and easy to follow! Its come out perfect EVERY time x

ireneber's picture

Lovely recipe, came out perfect first time. I added a little milk to make a smoother mix and next time will try some cinnamon. Perfect with some good vanilla ice cream :-)

e16guy's picture
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Very easy to make and delicious to eat! I tried baking it in a silicone baking tray, without much success as it stuck to the tray a bit. Will use a traditional tin in future.

Definitely will make this one again - took some into work and everyone wanted second helpings!

mother_ship's picture
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Having taken note of some of the comments I replaced 100g of flour with ground almond and threw some cut up chunks of left over marzipan on the top and it was really delicious!

whitebridge38's picture
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Easy to make and went down a treat (and quickly!)

wendychipperfield's picture
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quick, easy and tasty.

kyleekins's picture
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Lovely recipe & very easy, I made it with Granny Smiths which worked fine. We have been having it heated up with some cream - yum yum.

jeansean's picture
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All I added to the recipe was a teaspoon of mixed spice. It was lovely and moist and so easy to make. I did mix the caster sugar and butter together first, then added the eggs and vanilla extract, before adding all the dry ingredients. The cake is delicious.

newdawn60's picture

Hi made this today. It was loved by all the family. I did put in an extra layer of ordinary sugar as the apples were a bit bitter. I will certainly be making it again.

sweetdinks's picture

Delicious cake and easy to make. I added some cinnammon to the mixture and sprinkled a little over the first layer of apples which has given a lovely added taste. Will make again.

supermum29's picture
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I have just made this and I can't believe how simple it is to make and how moist the sponge is! A real winner. 4 stars awarded as I think I will add some mixed spice or cinnamon next time, but as a first try, this is fab.

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