As I write this our home smells gloriously of cinnamon & baked apples & it's just fabulous :) I thought I'd share the recipe for the most delicious tray bake. It's super easy to make, looks (and smells) amazing when it's done and it tastes so, so, soooooo good!
There is something about autumn that just yells apples & gorgeous cinnamon to me :) Hubby adores anything with cinnamon so this is a favourite of his. Why not serve it with whipped cream or even an old childhood favourite with lovely warm homemade custard :)
Ingredients:5 medium sized apples - use your favourites honeys, I used Gala apples :)
Some lemon juice to sprinkle over the apples to prevent them turning brown once sliced - juice of around half a lemon should do or use bottled.
350g of self raising flour
225g of butter/margarine
280g of castor sugar
4 medium eggs
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Caster sugar & ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top
Directions:1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C (ours is a fan oven, if not set to 160C) or Gas mark 4.
2. Core, peel & slice your apples, place them into a small bowl, sprinkle with the lemon juice and set to one side until needed.
3. Place your flour, sugar, butter, eggs (beaten), baking powder & vanilla essence all into a bowl and mix until combined. I placed them all into my mixer and used that :)
4. Fetch your baking tray, this cake will rise so remember to use a baking tray which will allow for this. I used a rectangular tray sized at 8 x 14"
5. Place a piece of baking parchment or greaseproof paper, cut to size, into the base of your tray and spray with olive oil, or rub base & sides of dish with butter/margarine to grease tray.
6. Once combined pour around half of your sponge mixture into the base of your greased tray. Arrange slices of apple in rows to cover the surface.
7. Pour the remaining mixture across the surface, covering the rows of apple slices completely. Again, arrange rows of apple slices across the top.
8. Sprinkle caster sugar & ground cinnamon across the top till you're happy with result.
9. Carefully pop the tray into the middle shelf of your heated oven for 40-45 minutes until it has browned and you can insert a skewer into the middle and it comes out clean. Leave to cool on a cooling rack. Once cool, cut into squares or bars.
10. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
I usually use a sheet of baking parchment or greaseproof paper placed between layers in the airtight container I use to store them. Stops them sticking together. These would make a lovely gift too. Why not cut baking parchment and wrap each square or bar individually, tie the baking parchment with pretty string or ribbon, then place into a pretty container for gifting.
I hope you're having a great weekend honeys, till next time, stay warm, it's getting chilly outside,
hugs always xx