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Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(158 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories285
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.66g
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Ingredients

  • 450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
  • juice of ½ lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 225g butter, softened

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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.

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Comments (211)

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!

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!

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