When I was at school (many yrs ago) there was a lovely little bakery called Heather Bakery just across the road which me and my friends use to go to on our free periods and lunchtimes. I remember me and my friend Minky getting a chocolate Danish and a coffee every Wednesday when we had the same free lessons. We took it in turns to treat each other :) They also did a delicious cake type of thing which was called Apple Slice( I added cinnamon to my apples) which was made up of a lovely crumbly biscuit layer at the bottom and filled with yummy stewed apples and then another layer of the crumbly biscuit on top. This was really delicious. I never saw those apple slices anywhere else. Just the other day I was telling my other half about them and he said he use to like them when he was younger too. Anyway to cut a long story short , as we never found them anywhere, I decided to have a go at making them myself. My end product didn't look like the ones I use to buy but never the less it turned out absolutely delicious! I hope you give it a try.
For the Biscuit Pastry:
1 cup of All purpose flour
1 cup of self raising flour
1/2 cup of butter
1 egg beaten
6 Royal Gala apples ( or any that you prefer) Chopped/sliced
2 table spoons of sugar
1 tea spoon of ground cinnamon
2 table spoons of water.
Preheat the oven to 180
Lightly grease an oven dish with butter.
Sift flour and sugar in a large bowl.
Add the butter and using the tips of your fingers, rub the butter into the flour and sugar until it resembles bread crumbs.
Beat one egg lightly and add it to the crumbs and mix well to form a dough. Don't worry if at this time the dough is too crumbly, it will come together after kneading.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until you get a firm but smooth dough.
Put the dough into the fridge for 5 minutes to chill.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
Roll out 2 rectangles from the to halves and place one in the oven dish. and keep the other to the side or in the fridge until you need it.
Peel and slice your apples.
Add your sliced apples to a large pan and sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon and turn the heat up to medium heat.
Keep mixing until the sugar melts and the the apples are coated in the yummy sugar mix. Add a splash of water to the pan if it starts to dry out, this will also help to soften the slices.
Keep cooking until you get the desired texture for the apples and take the pan of the heat.
Let the Apples cool down before adding them to the pastry, if you don't do this, the pastry will have a soggy bottom. ( no one likes a soggy bottom lol )
Once cooled, spread the the apple slices (try to get rid of as much syrup as possible to avoid a soggy pastry) on the bottom layer of pastry.
Now carefully lay the other half of the pastry on top of the apples and brush it with milk. Sprinkle some sugar on top and pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
25 Minutes later it's ready :) Doesn't it look delicious!
Let it cool slightly and cut into squares.
Serve your Apple squares warm with a scoop of ice cream or topped with some yummy vanilla custard and enjoy.
I hope you try this recipe out, it's really yummy :)