Blogging Marathon # 120
Week 3, Day 1
Theme : A to Z series, Something sweet
For this year’s A to Z series, I have chosen the theme “something sweet”. The initial idea was to make quick and easy sweet nibbles to satisfy cravings and not elaborate desserts. But somehow I found myself making these elaborate apple slices instead of the simple honey sautéed apples I had in my mind first.
I don’t make a lot of slices/ layered bars. But I tried a homemade raspberry brownie bar once and fell in love with it. After that I don’t mind the extra work of adding a few more layers. The end result is totally worth it.
Coming to the recipe here, it has a base, an apple layer, a custard layer and a streusel topping. I baked this in a slightly bigger pan and so the custard layer completely ran off and settled on the sides. So I can safely say it’s a layer you can skip or make sure the layers are all packed evenly before adding it. I have adjusted the recipe below to add a tiny bit more of sugar in the base and the topping layer as well.
This recipe is from The Essential Baking Book, it’s the first baking book I bought for myself 10+ years back. I still have it and I still cherish it :-).
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1 egg yolk
- Apple Layer
- 3 green apples
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Custard Layer (Optional)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Crumble topping
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 4 tablespoons butter, cubed
- Grease and line a 7×11 inch tin with parchment paper.
- Add flour and sugar in a bowl. Add melted, cooled butter and egg yolk. Mix and form a ball, add a few tablespoons of water if needed. Place the dough between two parchment sheets and roll out to get a size to fit inside the pan. Keep in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the base for 5 minutes or until golden. The recipe mentioned using rice or baking beans over a parchment paper lined base, but I baked directly and it was fine. Let the base cool.
- Prepare the apple filling by peeling and chopping the apple. Place in a pan and cook along with 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes or until the apples are soft and done. Remove lid and cook for another 5 minutes until the liquid is almost gone. Mash the cooked apples into a smooth mixture and let it cool.
- Whisk eggs, 2 tablespoons sugar and cream together. This is for the custard layer.
- Layer the cooled apple mixture on top of the cooled base. Carefully pour the custard mixture on top of the apple layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the custard has half set.
- Mix flour, brown sugar, walnuts and rub in the cubed butter with your hands until it is crumbly. Spread carefully over the custard layer and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Cool and cut into slices.