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October 6, 2013

Apple and Cinnamon Custard Bars

Cake bottom, creamy custard filling & caramelized apple topping baked all at once

A good Custard is always welcome - especially when baked and teamed up with Cinnamon Apple, you have a delicious quick, anytime sweet treat or dessert. These Apple and Cinnamon Custard Bars are one of our favorite week night desserts.

I left the Apple skin on and liked it that way, but my hubby and son reckoned it would have been better without. I suppose that is a personal choice.

Cake bottom, creamy Custard filling & caramelized apple topping baked all at once

You can slice these into rectangular bars or squares and they hold shape perfectly, so it is ideal as a party snack which is easy to add to a finger-dessert platter. The size you slice them into are also to your own preference, but I have found if I serve these to my family for dessert, 9 squares are just fine.

Should you prefer to add the Custard Bars to a sweet party platter, I'd recommend slicing them into smaller bite-sized bars, which would give you around 15 servings. I have set the Servings in the recipe to 12 portions as that is easy to slice especially if the Apple skin is not peeled.


Cake bottom, creamy Custard filling & caramelized apple topping baked all at once

The base consists of a Custard flavored cake with a thin Custard filling and topped with sliced Apple, sprinkled with Sugar and Cinnamon, which comes together nicely once baked.

NOTE: If you prefer a thicker Custard layer, simply double the Custard part of the recipe.

Apple and Cinnamon Custard Bars


Approximately 12 Servings (depending on your cut)

INGREDIENTS:

BASE:

1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/4 cup Caster Sugar
1 Egg
2/3 cup Self-Raising Flour
Pinch Salt
2 TB Custard Powder

CUSTARD:

1 TB Custard Powder
2 TB Caster Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
2 t Butter
1 t Vanilla Essence

TOPPING:

1 Large Red Apple, cored,peeled or not, thinly sliced
3 TB Butter, melted
1 TB Caster Sugar
1/2 t Ground Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - line a 20 x 20 cm ( 8 x 8 inch ) oven dish with baking paper (edges hanging over the dish).
2.) Beat the Butter and Sugar for the cake until creamy and fluffy - add the egg and beat again.
3.) Sift together the Flour, Salt and Custard Powder - stir this into the Butter mixture - spread the batter on the bottom of the prepared oven dish - set aside.
4.) Custard: Combine the Custard Powder and Caster Sugar in a small saucepan - add the Milk, stirring continuously over low heat until mixture boils and start to thicken - remove from heat - stir in the Butter and Vanilla - pour over the batter in the oven dish.
5.) Arrange the sliced Apple on top of the custard - brush with melted Butter - sprinkle over the Caster Sugar and the Cinnamon - bake 35 minutes.
6.) Remove from the oven and let cool in the oven dish before slicing.

Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy !

Cake bottom, creamy Custard filling & caramelized apple topping baked all at once

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