Rosie Makes: Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Apples are hands down one of my favourite things about Autumn – from Cox Orange Pippin to Bramley, they’re so versatile and delicious, and when they’re in season I love to bake with them. I had something of an apple glut after our recent trip to Craigie’s and so it’s been baked apples, apple and cinnamon porridge and apple crumble for the past few weeks! This delicious caramelised apple traybake was the result of trying to expand my apple repertoire: it has a crumbly streusel topping and the combination of cinnamon and hazelnuts just enough to start feeling festive, while still enjoying Autumn’s seasonal treats. To make it, you will need:

100g butter, plus 1 tbsp
175g light brown sugar
2 dessert apples, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 cm pieces
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
100ml milk.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

For the streusel topping:
25g flour
85g Demerara sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g cold butter
3 tbsp toasted, chopped hazelnuts.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp sugar in a frying pan over a medium heat until the sugar starts to melt. Add the apples and cook for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned and the sauce is a rich caramel. Leave to cool.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

While the apples cool, make the topping. Rub together flour, Demerara, cinnamon and cold butter until the mixture is crumbly and only pea-size pieces of butter remain.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Stir in 2 tbsp of hazelnuts and set aside in a cool place.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Heat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. To make the cake, place the remaining butter and sugar in a bowl or food mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and milk in two goes, alternating between dry and wet ingredients. When the mixture is well mixed, stir through the apples.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Grease and line a 20cm square tin. Spoon in the cake mixture, smooth over the top with a spoon, then sprinkle over the streusel topping. Scatter with the remaining 1 tbsp demerara sugar and hazelnuts.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Bake for 50 mins – one hour, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool, then cut into squares.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream, for a late-Autumn pud.

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

What are you baking this weekend? Are you an apple fan?

Caramelised Apple Traybake with Streusel Topping

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine. 

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