Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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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

  • kcal285
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.66g
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Ingredients

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

    Lemon

    le-mon

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  • 225g butter, softened
    Butter

    Butter

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

  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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

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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mjeancam
12th Oct, 2011
5.05
I'm amazed at people saying this cake is dull, surely they've used the wrong apples? I made it yesterday for the first time and it's stunning, everyone who's tried it says it's delicious, I'll be using this recipe regularly, really lovely cake and very easy to make.
catderbyshire
11th Oct, 2011
5.05
Lovely cake-sprinkled more demerara sugar over the top than & it stated & it gave the cake a lovely crunchy top.
mrsted
6th Oct, 2011
5.05
Absolutely gorgeous and easy to make. I used a teaspoon of cinammon and 1 of mixed spice, didnt bother with the lemon, sliced the first layer of apple and chopped the second and sprinkled it over the top along with soft brown sugar.
cjrose75
5th Oct, 2011
5.05
Yum yum yum!! Used 2 duck eggs instead of hens eggs and regular caster sugar as that's all I had. Turned out beautifully soft, golden and juicy.
weezie11
5th Oct, 2011
4.05
This is a good simple recipe for using up apples from the garden. I added some mixed spiced and layered the apples with cinnamon to make it more tasty. Would be very nice served warm with custard.
htshepherd
2nd Oct, 2011
Made last night for a picnic today. It was really easy and quick to make and went down well at the picnic. A lovely light not too sweet cake. Will make it again as I think it will also make a good pus with custard.
brown_otter
1st Oct, 2011
4.05
I added cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg to the mix and it was delicious!!
rorass
30th Sep, 2011
4.05
i added cennamon but forgot to add sugar on the surface . it was a nice cake but the taste of the apple was not traced at all . next time i will try with another fruit may be dates
izumii
29th Sep, 2011
2.05
I also stirred the apples in with the mixture before putting in the tin. This was less fiddly then the layering method in recipe. Also meant that the apples were evenly distributed throughout cake.
izumii
29th Sep, 2011
2.05
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?

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