Saturday, November 19, 2011

Apple-cinnamon custard squares

Another one for the Slice Files - this is a really delicious afternoon tea slice and another from the Women's Weekly.  It has a few steps involved, but it's not at all complicated.  I just love the flavour and texture that comes from adding custard powder to the mixture.  You really can't go wrong when custard's involved!

100g butter, softened
¼ cup caster sugar
1 egg
2/3 self-raising flour
2 tablespoons custard powder
2 large apples, quartered, cored, sliced thinly
20g butter, melted
2 teaspoons caster sugar, extra
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon custard powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
½ cup milk
10g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make custard: Combine custard powder and sugar in small saucepan; gradually blend in milk.  Stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens slightly.  Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.  Cool.  Whisk until smooth just before using.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Grease 20cm x 30cm pan, and line with baking powder.

Beat softened butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg until combined.  Stir in sifted flour and custard powder.

Spread mixture into pan, top with custard.  Arrange apple on custard, brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle with combine extra sugar and cinnamon. 

Bake about 35 minutes; cool slice in pan before cutting.

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