3 sad, aging apples I found in our fruit bowl were the inspiration for this recipe. KB was out cycling and I was home alone and bored (and hungry). I googled “apple and cinnamon” recipes and found a recipe I liked (read: that wasn’t a schlep to make), plus I had all the ingredients in the cupboards!
I tweaked this recipe for an apple and cinnamon loaf I found on Epices et Baobabs to my taste and added my own lemon twist!
I like to call these “Apple Cinnamon Squares with Lemon Drizzle” even though I actually cut them into rectangles and not squares – living on the wild side, you know! Don’t you think the “lemon drizzle” bit makes them sound fancy? Ha!
Easy Apple & Cinnamon Squares
Stewed apple ingredients:
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp butter
½ Cup sugar
1¼ Cup cake flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1½ Tsp ground cinnamon
½ Tsp salt
Method (2 parts)
- Peel, core and dice the apples. How small you dice them is up to you!
- Stew the apples, butter, sugar, cloves and cinnamon stick in a pot on the stove over medium heat until the apple just starts going soft (roughly 10 minutes).
- Drain excess liquid and remove cloves and cinnamon stick; set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until combined.
- Melt the butter (I used the microwave) add it to the sugar/egg mixture and mix well.
- Sift all the dry ingredients into the egg/sugar/butter mixture.
- Fold the cooled apple pieces into the batter.
- Pour into a greased pan (I used non-stick cooking spray). I used a 33x23x5cm pan.
- Bake at 180C for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares/rectangles.
Lemon drizzle (optional)
½ Cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
- Add the lemon juice to the icing sugar a little bit at a time – until you get quite a thick consistency (if it’s too runny, it will sink in). Alternate adding lemon juice or icing sugar until you are happy with the quantity and consistency consistency.
- Spoon the mixture into a small plastic sandwich bag and snip a corner off. Drizzle over the squares.
Use a smaller pan for thicker squares, you’ll obviously get fewer squares out
Add some chopped nuts for crunch
Add raisins if you like that sort of thing (I hate raisins in food)
P.S. Despite my perfectionist tendencies, I don’t like to use recipes that weigh the ingredients out precisely (aint nobody got time for that!) and found this handy conversion table online.
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