Sunday, August 31

Browned butter and cinnamon apple slice

This recipe takes me back to my childhood to when my grandparents used to make afternoon tea. .. I never knew my grandparents as a couple, they divorced long before I was born (and long before it became 'acceptable' in society).  In any case, they both baked and loved to bake for their family for morning or afternoon tea.  You'd never have caught either of them buying baked goods, and I'm mostly the same, mostly because I love the creative and nurturing aspect of cooking for others, but also for cost.  Back in my grandparents' day I'm sure even more so.

This is super easy, you don't need any fancy mixers of equipment and it uses ingredients you could easily have laying around the cupboard and fridge.  The browned butter gives it a more caramelly and rich taste, and the slice makes at least 12-15 pieces, or even more if want to spread it further!

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tb brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
150g butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

5 cups sliced apples (I basically cut 8 pieces from 1 apple)
2 eggs
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup plain flour
150g butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c

Line a 13 x 18 inch rectangle cake tin with oil and baking paper

In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients and mix up with a fork.

Melt your butter and mix in your vanilla extract.  Gradually add to the dry ingredients stirring well with the fork.

It should come together like breadcrumbs.  Don't worry if it's a bit on the dry side, just get in with your fingers if necessary and make sure there's no big lumps

Press into the bottom of the tin and then bake for 20 minutes.

While that's baking peel and cut your apples or if you're like me and have some in the freezer (I love when I can get apples at 80c a kilo!).

Then get your butter browned.. remember this isn't burnt! This is not browned... it will froth up first..

THIS is frothy.

Then it becomes brown on top.. take it off the heat now an put into a jug or bowl.

See how it's brown on the bottom?

Put the topping dry ingredients in a bowl, mix then add eggs.

Slowly add the vanilla and the browned butter and mix until smooth.. won't take long.

Add your apples and coat them well.

Add to the base and flatten out all the apples so there's an even coating.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown on top.  Cool on a rack to allow the bottom to get cool as well.

Slide out when cool onto the bench or chopping board and slice how you like..

Dust with icing sugar when ready to serve!

I managed to sneak a piece when putting into an airtight container to take to church, but didn't get a chance for a second piece, all gone!

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