Try this traditional Dorset apple cake made with fresh Bramley apples and lemon zest. Not only is this cake pleasing to the eye, but it’s also simple to bake, wonderfully moist and topped with a satisfying demerara sugar crunch. This rustic bake can be served with clotted cream or ice cream, but is just as lovely on its own.
Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and base line a 20cm (8in) loose-based cake tin.
Slice one apple half into 8 and set aside. Chop two of the remaining halves into small dice.
Sieve the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and mixed spice into a bowl. Rub in the butter. Stir in the sugar, lemon zest and diced apple. Stir in the eggs and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Arrange the apple slices on the top and brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm with clotted cream or ice cream.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines
Bake according to the recipe but stop before adding decoration or icing if called for. Allow to cool completely. Wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months.
Loosen the tin foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before serving. If you wish to serve the baked goods warm, place them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.
If you wish to add icing or decoration, add them after the baked goods have fully defrosted and are at room temperature.
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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.