When you are offered apples what else is there to do but bake? I love scouring the internet for recipes to inspire me, and happened upon one for a Dorset Apple cake
The recipe was easy to follow, and despite using what I thought was a lot of eggs, there was method in the recipe as it’s turned out lovely.
- 450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
I only used one apple in my cake, but after it was cut there was plenty for the layers.
The cake was quite large, and had some depth in my square tin. Lovely with ice cream though.