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

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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 egg
    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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bartoloc
23rd Jul, 2013
only had two eggs so used half the amounts stated and substituted butter for extra virgin olive oil and the result was perfect!
beadyface
27th Aug, 2013
how much oil did you use?
gengenjones
20th Jun, 2013
Have made this three times already - deliciously light gorgeous for afternoon tea in the garden or as dessert. Have made it without any fruit also and that makes it a simple cake but just as yummy.
liostick2
15th May, 2013
Have mayed this many times.... It's also del. With fresh rasberries, blueberries, and strawberries....
sasha82
9th Apr, 2013
I've got this cooking in the oven at the moment but I've had to leave it in for another 10 mins as the middle wasn't cooked. I'm having to bake it in a halogen oven though, so maybe this is the problem? Also I found the mix was really really heavy, is it supposed to be like this or have I done something wrong? Help me!! It looks so delicious I really want to get it right :)
cogger
1st Apr, 2013
5.05
Easy and absolutely delicious with custard. Love the slightly sour apples against the sweet sponge and the way it brown and crisps up on sides and top makes it more than moreish. For those advocating spice, dried fruits, booze etc...less is more!
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KochinVeronica
1st Mar, 2013
5.05
This cake is OMG....awesoomeee!
sharalou
27th Jan, 2013
4.05
The apple makes this nice and moist. Little bit too sweet for me so I'd probably put in slightly less sugar next time. I didn't have the correct tray for baking this in so I used a square cake tin, which made it more of a deep cake than a tray bake but it was fine - I just cooked it on a lower heat for longer. Very tasty though and a nice way to use up the glut of Bramleys.
ruthdavies
22nd Jan, 2013
5.05
Absolutely gorgeous! A real family favourite and every single friend who has tasted it has asked for the recipe. A winner!
mums_kitchen
19th Jan, 2013
Lovely cake. Just on my third square to make sure I wasn't wrong with the first two! Used eating apples as didn't have cookers. Used 200g of sugar and it seems perfect. Will try it again with much less sugar and see what the brandy soaked sultanas are like.

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