Perfect autumn traybake

Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake.
Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake.

Spiced Dorset apple traybake

(Serves 12)


225g butter (room temperature), plus extra for greasing

550g cooking apples, such as Bramley

Juice of 1/2 lemon

225g light muscovado sugar

300g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

1tsp ground cinnamon

4 large eggs

1 tbsp full-fat or semi-skimmed milk

Icing sugar, to dust


Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C/350F/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.

Put the butter, muscovado sugar, flour, baking powder, half a teaspoon of the cinnamon, the eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Beat thoroughly using an electric hand whisk for about two minutes (or use a wooden spoon for about three minutes) until smooth and light.

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 half-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.

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.