I have lots of apple baking recipes already but still like to experiment with new ones. I made this slice after a day out and about with my parents, and wanted something that would come together in a single bowl with no electric beating necessary. Consequently, this is an easy recipe to make.
I used banana as an egg alternative (rather than chia seeds or similar) and think that gave added moisture to the slice, which is soft and chewy under a crisper top. With the sweet, almost caramelised apple pieces, it really did feel like pudding in slice form. You can't taste the banana (I know some people aren't a fan of banana baked goods) and the slice doesn't need any accompaniment, but I imagine it would be delicious served warm with ice cream in winter. We're having a bit of a heat wave at the moment (30'C here today!) so we enjoyed it cold.
This got ticks of approval from my parents and Mr Bite and I expect to make it again - possibly with some more of our home-grown apples.
Apple pudding slice
An easy slice that contrasts a soft, chewy centre with a crisp topping and sides, with apple pieces generously studded throughout
Makes 12 - 16 slices
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
1 medium-large ripe banana
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla essence
1-1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice) or cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbondate of soda
1/4 cup sultanas or raisins
4-6 small to medium apples, roughly chopped, to yield approx. 1-1/2 cups apple pieces
Icing sugar, for dusting
Pre-heat your oven to 175'C (350'F) and prepare a square baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the banana with a fork and then whisk together with the oil, milk and vanilla. Add the sugar, flour, spice, bicarbonate of soda and salt and stir well with a wooden spoon to combine.
Stir in the sultanas / raisins and chopped apple.
Transfer the batter to your prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and crispy. Allow to cool fully in the pan before cutting.
Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Have you grown apples - and if so, do you have any advice for apple tree care?