I am just SO happy to be back into blogging as well as back into baking at this time of the year. Speaking of this time of the year...it's only 6 days until Christmas!!!! I've already begun decorating my household and I'm beginning to transform my room into Santa's Grotto! It so unbelievable how the weeks fly by as well as the time. Going back to the topic of CHRISTMASSS, this week's recipe continues with the festive theme and gives you the feeling (and taste) that Christmas is almost here!
In order to bake this gorgeous and Christmassy traybake, you'll need the following:
400g of cooking apples(or ones in your garden)
125g of unsalted butter (I've recently learnt that cakes taste better when you use unsalted than they do when you use ordinary butter-I thought both tasted just as nice)
1 medium- sized egg
1tsp of vanilla extract
175g of plain flour
2 heaped tsp of baking powder
175ml of whole milk (it's less than you think)
25g of demerara sugar
And of course...
Ground cinnamon for dusting and decorating (with this recipe I also sprinkled a little cinnamon powder into the mix for that extra Christmassy taste)
Method to making this Apple Cinnamon Square:
Before you touch ANY ingredients, preheat your oven to 180C/160Cfan/gas mark 4 and butter a 23 cm (9in) sqaure x 4cm (1 1/2in) deepp brownie tin or equivalent.
Peel, quarter AND core apples & thinly slice (please ask for an adult's assistance if doing this under the age of 11).
Once you've completed step 1 & 2, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl together, then incorporate the egg and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and baking powder and add half of it to the batter followed by half the milk. Combine these ingredients together until you get a SMOOTH mix. Repeat this step with the remaining ingredients.
Smooth half of the cake mixture with a spatula (I put the Bethy Crocker Baking Kit on my Christmas Wishlist- it has a really pretty spatula), lay half the apple slices on top and then repeat.
Scatter over demerara sugar and dust with a little cinnamon. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes until golden brown, risen or if you poke a skewer into the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.
Run a blunt knife around the edges of the tin and leave the sponge to cool before cutting into squares
And there you have it- another festive favourite!
I hope you have fun baking this recipe with family & friends and enjoy the results at the end too!
Please do comment this recipe below and let me know what you think about this week's recipe.Also e-mail me about how you got on with this recipe and if there are any suggestions on what I should put on this blog next. My e-mail address is : firstname.lastname@example.org
But for now have a happy Christmas and a happy new year and stay tuned to Baking Boutique!
Merry Christmas! :)