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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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.

perijayne's picture

this is wonderful served hot with custard or cream.

helenthom's picture
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A great way to use up my apples from the garden. It was great with ice cream or custard. I did have FAR too much batter though so would perhaps use a bigger tin than suggested. My 3 and 5 yr old loved it.

lorraine_gar's picture

OMG, what a beautiful recipe.. Made a mistake in putting almond extract in instead of vanilla, but what an excellent addition, along with cinnamon sprinkled over the apple. Definately a family favourite now.

zainadam's picture

tried this today but added a teaspon of mixed spice and teaspoon of cinnamon..its ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! one thing though, the mixture was a lot and spilled out of the tin and into the bottom of my oven, which im going to clean up now! Either use half the mix or use a bigger tin than the one stated. The cke is really crumbly and moist...YUMMY!!!

annaejenkins's picture
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so far this is my favourite way to store this season's apples; the freezer is full of these traybakes, which have seemed just as yummy once defroster. i'm hoping it's also a good way to use up the apples i've blanched and frozen ...

stookie42's picture

Very tasty, hot or cold. Will put some cinnamon in next time for a slight variation.

dragonma5306's picture
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Easy to make but took ages to cook, at least 20 mins longer to cook than the recipe stated. We ate ours cold like a cake and it was moist and tasty. Nice apple flavour. I can imagine the pear one mentioned above would be delicious too!

clareyb's picture

I was looking for a quick cake to bake during a Sunday afternoon which would use up some apples, this was the perfect thing! It was easy and delicious, and will definately make again.

lizzies2's picture
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I liked this cake it is ridiculously easy. We had a glut of plums so used plums in the base of the tin, added half the mixture, layered the apple then the rest of the mixture - it took a good hour to cook through though. Would make again and next time I'd add cinnamon or mixed spice, it was lovely warm with ice cream.

lizziechristmas's picture
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easy to make; tastes really good and can freeze. What's not to like??

aims818's picture
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turned out gr8! and taste really niice
but was little fussy putting it in the tray... it was a little stiff
then didnt have enough to go on the top ... he he
but looked the same really and taste nice! :)
was really nice with icecream x

mumsadragon's picture
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Why can't I give it 6 stars?!! Wonderful cake/pudding. Not sure I did it right - I layered it mix/apple/mix/apple - but a great result. I'm sure it would keep well if it only stood a chance.

obelix's picture
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Absolutely fabulous, the only change I made was the method of mixing to make it easier to combine all the ingredients. Wouldn't change anything else.

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