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Spiced Dorset apple traybake


Serves: 12
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Spiced Dorset apple traybake
Recipe from Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, published by DK, £25, dk.com. Also available to download on iBooks. / Recipe photograph by Stuart West and William Reavell 

Spiced Dorset apple traybake


Serves: 12
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
346Kcal
Fat
18gr
Saturates
11gr
Carbs
42gr
Sugars
24gr
Fibre
2gr
Protein
6gr
Salt
0.8gr

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

On top of her numerous achievements and accolades, Mary has made more perfectly executed and scrumptious cakes than anyone we know, which is just one of the reasons we love her. She gained an army of fans as a judge on The Great British Bake Off and has also written over 70 cookbooks
 
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Mary Berry

Mary Berry

On top of her numerous achievements and accolades, Mary has made more perfectly executed and scrumptious cakes than anyone we know, which is just one of the reasons we love her. She gained an army of fans as a judge on The Great British Bake Off and has also written over 70 cookbooks
 
See more of Mary Berry’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 225g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 550g cooking apples, such as Bramley
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 225g light muscovado sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • a sprinkle of icing sugar

Step by step

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease a rectangular traybake tin (about 30cm x 23cm, 4cm deep) with butter and line with baking paper. Quarter, peel, core and thinly slice the apples, and put them in a shallow dish. Pour over the lemon juice and toss gently together.
  2. Put the butter, muscovado sugar, flour, baking powder, ½ 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 ½ 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.
    Tip
    It's important to slice the apples very thinly. If they're too thick, they won't soften enough when baked. Tossing them in lemon juice helps stop them from turning too brown, as well as giving flavour and extra juiciness.

    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, to retain the layered effect.

    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 about 40-50 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; 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 baking paper and leave to cool on a wire rack. Sift a little icing sugar over the top of the cake.
Chef quote
As well as being a good tea-time cake, this 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.

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