Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Apple and Damson tray bake : Gluten and dairy free.

A scrumptious way to make the most of those seasonal fruits, with this yummy Apple and damson tray bake. A deliciously sweet treat, with a hint of tart-y flavouring thanks to the damsons, making for one rather tasty bake!

With a bumper crop of apples to use this year, I've been on the lookout for lots of tasty new recipes to try, so this yummy tray bake is just perfect to use a few apples - as well as some of those left over damsons, completing the scrumptious mix of flavours in this bake.

125g dairy free margarine
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
180g gluten free plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
250g diced apple
150g damsons (de-stoned)

Pre heat your oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4. Line a 20 x 20cm square baking tin, ready for your bake.

Cream together the dairy free margarine and caster sugar till pale and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time and mix.

Sift in the gluten free plain flour – I used Doves Farm blend for this bake, it's perfect for tray bakes and slices! Add the cinnamon, mixed spice, and baking powder, and blend to mix in.

Add the diced apple and damsons – for these you'll want the final weight of the de-stoned damsons to be 150g, I weighed my damsons prior to chopping them at 200g, so this should hopefully help! 

Stir in the fruit to mix – the damsons will give this mix a lovely purple tinge prior to baking. Then spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes, till risen and golden – in my fan oven these took 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 30 minutes to cool. Sprinkle a handful of demerara sugar on top if you like to finish – this will add a lovely finishing touch to the bake.

Cut your tray bake into slices, then place on a wire rack to finish cooling. These should last well for a couple of days when kept in an airtight container.

The finished result is a lovely sweet bake, with the damsons adding a tasty tart note. Making them both gluten and dairy free means that they're perfect if your coeliac/gluten and lactose intolerant.

Recipe adapted from: Healthy Food.