Towards the end of Shahr Ramadhan every year, our mosque holds an auction to raise money for various causes. Its a fun time, when everyone bakes different cakes and make desserts to sell.
This year, I wasn't sure if I was going to go. I spent the entire day working on my designs and finishing my chores and by 4pm I was finally free.
I honestly didn't want to miss the auction and I really really wanted to bake something- even if it was simple.
I've mentioned the Good Food baking application on my iPod before. It has so many recipes..some which turn out good while the others..not so good. But hey, its fun to try baking the different things!!
Anyway, I have professed my love for cooked apple before, and I really thought about making something with it.
Apple pie? Apple Crumble? Apple Dappy?
I had seen a recipe for an Apple Traybake and thought I would give it a go.
The recipe was quick and simple enough for it to be ready in an hour or so.
It looked great and smelled lovely, but truthfully, I didn't get a chance to taste it. I cut most of it up for the auction and gave the rest to a friend who always loves to taste the results of my random baking sprees. There wasn't much point leaving any for home because since it was summer, we mostly lived on cold drinks rather than eating anything after breaking our fasts.
It did receive some good feedback though and the friend who isn't a fan of cooked apple also loved it.
Anyway, I thought I may as well share the recipe.
After looking at it, I think that the next time I bake it I might add some mixed spice or cinnamon to give it a flavour boost.
It was way too simple!!!
450 grams cooking apple (such as Bramley)
juice of 1/2 lemon
225g butter, softened
280g golden caster sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
350g self raising flour
2tsp 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.
Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or custard and enjoy!! :-)