Friday, 18 April 2014

Dorset Apple Traybake

In an effort to use up the last of my eggs I made a cake! I took about a quarter of it on holiday with me and have the rest to my next door neighbour Vicky to enjoy. It was a little dry around the edges but lovely and moist in the middle. It also might have benefited from a little cinnamon or mixed spice in the mixture.

Dorset Apply Traybake (from BBC Good Food Magazine May 2006)
(Makes 16 large pieces)

450g cooking apples
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
Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease 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 aside.

Cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then fold in the flour and baking powder and mix well until smooth. Spread half the mixture into the tin. Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture, then repeat the layers. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar.

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 the paper. Cut into bars or squares.

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