Baking for a rainy day

I’m quite happy to have an afternoon of rain here at Sant Elia, it gives me the opportunity to catch up with some baking, I have a family who love cakes!!

So this afternoon it was bread and a tray bake.

This tray bake came from all recipes, although I’ve modified it a little.


Serves: 12

  • 60g butter

  • 150g caster sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 200g plain flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 120ml milk

  • 250g thinly sliced apples, I’ve also used sliced strawberries, also delicious.

  • Topping

  • 60g plain flour

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 60g butter, softened

  • 20g coconut flakes, (I decided to omit the coconut)


Prep time: 15min  › Cook: 35min  › Ready in: 50min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm square baking tin.

  2. Beat 60g butter in a bowl until creamy; add 150g caster sugar and egg. Beat until fully incorporated.

  3. Mix 200g plain flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir flour mixture, alternating with milk, into butter mixture until combined. Pour cake batter into prepared baking tin. Arrange sliced apples on top.

  4. For the topping, mix 60g plain flour, 100g caster sugar, 60g butter and coconut together in a bowl. Sprinkle topping over the apples.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

When the cake is cool, and having so many small cake lovers around, plus Jerry! I cut the cake into more than twelve pieces, and that’s still a good portion.

This will definitely be added to the family recipe book...despite it having quite a lot of sugar!  

If you try it, let me know what you think.


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