Dorset Apple Cake

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A rustic bake with chunks of sweet fruit and a crunchy demerara sugar topping.

225 g [8 oz] self-raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
115 g [4 oz] unsalted butter, diced and chilled,
plus extra for greasing
115 g [4 oz] light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
6-8 tbsp milk
225 g [8 oz] Bramley or Granny Smith apple,
peeled, cored and diced
100 g [3,5 oz] sultana
2 tbsp demerara sugar (optional)


[1] Heat the oven to 180 C [355 F] /160 C [320 F] fan/ gas 4. Grease and line a deep 20 cm / 8 in cake tin with baking parchment.

[2] Mix the flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the light brown sugar. Beat in the egg followed by 6 – 8 tbsp of milk – you want to achieve a smooth, thick batter.

[3] Add the apples and sultanas and mix to combine. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin and gently level out. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

[4] Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further. Best served still warm with a little custard.