Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake

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Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake

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As well as being a good coffee- or tea-time cake, this spiced Dorset apple traybake makes a comforting pudding, served warm with clotted cream or crème fraîche. I often make it in autumn, when I have a glut of apples. For more delicious recipes from Mary Berry’s ‘Cooks The Perfect Step by Step’

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) butter (room temperature), plus extra for greasing • • • • • • • • •
  • 550g (11⁄4lb) cooking apples, such as Bramley
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
  • 225g (8oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 300g (10oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp full-fat or semi-skimmed milk
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Special equipment: Traybake tin, 30 x 23cm (12 x 9in) and 4cm (11⁄2in) deep

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC (fan 160oC/350oF/Gas 4). Grease the traybake tin with butter and line with baking parchment. Quarter, peel, core, and thinly slice the apples, and put them in a shallow dish. Pour over the lemon juice and toss gently together. When spreading the second half of the cake mixture over the apples and cinnamon, do so gently using a palette knife to ensure the apple slices beneath aren’t disturbed, thus retaining the layered effect.
  2. Put the butter, muscovado sugar, flour, baking powder, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Beat thoroughly using an electric hand whisk for about 2 minutes (or use a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes) until smooth and light.
  3. Spoon half the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it out evenly. Lay half the apple slices on top and sprinkle over the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Spoon the remaining cake mixture on top and carefully level the surface. Scatter the rest of the apple slices over the cake mixture and press them lightly into the surface. Spread the apples evenly over the cake mixture and lightly press them in. You don’t need to be too neat when layering the apples; in fact, the top looks more interesting if you scatter over the apples in a random pattern.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until well risen and golden brown on top. The cake will feel spongy but firm, and will be starting to come away slightly from the edges of the tin. Also, the apples should be soft. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then loosen the sides with a small palette knife and turn out the cake, peel off the parchment paper, and leave to cool on a wire rack. Sift icing sugar over the top of the cake.
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