Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(177 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


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



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

  • 225g butter, softened



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

  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



    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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  • demerara sugar, to sprinkle


  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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3rd Jul, 2012
So easy to make and tastes wonderful.
30th Jun, 2012
Light, moist and delicious. I used golden delicious apples and added 1tsp of mixed spice. Baked for 45 minutes and served with ice-cream. Will make again and again.
11th Jun, 2012
I added cinnamon, few table spoons of golden syrup and a cup of ground almonds. Smells nice baking right now :)
7th Jun, 2012
Really easy to make and very popular. I've made it a couple of times successfully with fresh apricots and a sprinkling of sugar & cinamon on top. I did add a little milk as the mixture seemed rather dry, though.
28th May, 2012
Does anybody know if I could freeze this? Made it before and it's delicious but want to make a few and keep them. Thanks x
21st May, 2012
i made this today scrumptious with custard, and if there is any left will have it cold with cup of tea
13th May, 2012
Works really well gluten free I used 150g g/f self raising flour and 100g ground almonds.
14th Apr, 2012
Fantastic! I have lots of apples in the freezer and this was one way of using them. I made my neighbors one and my daughters family one each and they went down well.
5th Apr, 2012
Very easy to make - though I added a little cinnamon to make it less plain.
22nd Mar, 2012
Very easy to make and tasted great. I baked it in a round cake tin and it turned out fine (had to cook it for about an hour though to get it cooked in the middle).


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