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    Spiced apple & walnut traybake

    A rich pastry base topped with a brown sugar and apple sponge makes a perfect early-autumn treat.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 16

    Ingredients

    175g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled, plus extra for greasing
    300g light brown soft sugar
    300g self-raising flour
    250ml whole milk
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra to top
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    60g walnuts, roughly chopped
    1 bramley apple, peeled and cored (200-250g prepared), ¾ chopped into 1cm pieces, ¼ finely sliced 

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment. Put the butter, sugar and flour into a food processor and pulse until they start to resemble fine breadcrumbs. Tip ½ the mixture into the tin, spread out and press down into an even layer using the back of a spoon.

    2. Put the milk, bicarbonate of soda, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and a pinch of salt into a bowl and use a balloon whisk to beat them together until combined. Add the remaining crumble mixture, the walnuts and the chopped apple and whisk to incorporate (it will look a bit lumpy). Pour the mixture over the base, then quickly arrange the apple slices over the top of the batter. Grate over a little extra nutmeg.

    3. Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 10 minutes, covering with baking parchment after 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for at least 45 minutes. Remove from the tin and serve warm with cream, if liked, or at room temperature with a cup of tea.

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