Apple Slice

When I was in primary school we lived on Sydney’s North Shore in a suburb called Lindfield. If we won lotto I would probably spontaneously start looking at houses in Lindfield such is my love of that place, nevermind it is 30 years later and it has changed more than I care to accept or that our lives are now firmly etched into Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Lindfield and indeed the North Shore calls me back time and time again.

apple slice layer 2
Every slice needs a good foundation

We had a little row of shops just across from the train station. There was Mr Steenbolm’s chemist, our doctor down the laneway, an old lady’s dress shop, a milk bar (owned by the compulsory and seemingly only Greek family in the area) and best of all, the cake shop. Most Saturday’s mum would take my brother and I to the cake shop for a treat. Mine? A pineapple passionfruit  tart while my brother used to get a sausage roll. My GOD those sausage rolls were good.

There was a glass L-shaped counter, one side taken up solely with display cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations. Remember when you would get those little figurines to sit on the top of the cake? I still have the ballerinas and Mum still has the cricketers that appeared on our respective cakes for years.

Apple Slice
Appley goodness

The other side was a hotbed of mock cream and sugar. Neenish tarts, Pineapple Passionfruit tarts, those marzipan green frog tarts (which I once begged mum for and proceeded to scar me for life on all things marzipan), palmiers, meringue mice, big fat wedges of vanilla slice, custard tarts showered in nutmeg, gingerbread men and a sugar topped apple slice. I must confess that apple slice never piqued my imagination as there was so much else vying for my attention. But then Fiona at Inner Pickle posted a recipe for an apple slice and all of a sudden I was 8 and back in that cake shop.

Apple Slice Top Layer
Ready for cookin’

This is now on such high rotation in our house that if there is none people, Jasper in particular, get antsy. It is his absolute favourite above all else. It has kicked my lemon curd slice to the curb and THAT is saying something.

Apple Slice adoration
Get in my mouth

Apple Slice
Fiona at Inner Pickle

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of stewed apples (no added sugar)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 27x13cm tin (I just make mine in a 20cm square tin)
  2. Process the flour, baking powder, sugar and butter  in a food processor and then add the egg (don’t worry that the dough seems quite crumbly, it comes together)
  3. Divide the dough in two and roll out to fit the tin
  4. Top with the apple, then roll out the other half of pastry and place over the top (don’t get precious about it, if it breaks it breaks, I call this “rustic”)
  5. Brush the top with some milk and then scatter over caster sugar
  6. Bake for 25minutes
  7. Leave it in the tin and don’t cut it until it’s cool (it will totally fall apart if you do, ask me how I know) then store in the fridge.

So good. So very very good.


Apple Slice fresh from the oven
Straight from the oven


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  • There is a little shop in Wahroonga that still has these sorts of cakes – I ordered 20 mice meringues for my girls 6th birthday party from there and the palmier’s with thick white icing…takes me back to my childhood too. Thanks for these recipes – sometimes people forget that food can transform moods, take you back to times when life was happier and give you a chance to make sure your kids know that you love them. Love the blog x
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  • I still like Lindfield ;). Looks like a great recipe – do you think that it would be popular at a cake stall?
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    • Hmmm, my only concern at a cake stall is it can be a bit crumbly. And well, cake stalls need chocolate things, fridge lemon slice and date loaves in abundance.

  • Was that the Copenhagen Bakery (at the station, on the non-Highway side of the train tracks)? My grandmother lived in Lindfield, and the Russian Bun from there was her favourite. It was so good – sweet bun dough, plaited, with a kind of ground nut filling, very synthetic cherries, and drizzled with icing. You could buy a half one or a whole one (rather like Subway). The shop is still there but they stopped making Russian Bun about 10 years ago and I’ve never found it anywhere else. BUT the apple slice recipe looks fabulous, I will definitely be giving it a try.
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    • Suzy, that would be it (there was only one cake shop/bakery) OH NO – wait – there was a continental bakery further down the street where the fruit market was. It probably came from there. This was VERY anglo.

  • We do not do “slices” in my part of the world.
    This now seems a terrible injustice.
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  • well I remember these shops – we had one too, though I never knew the names of the neenish tart and I never knew that those green frogs were marzipan! Mum always bought our birthday cakes from the bakery, she literally never baked, but we never got other treats, just drooled in front of the glass counter, especially at the meringue mice. I do remember kids bringing apple slice to school sometimes and thinking it was really strange – cold stewed apple in pastry. I’d only ever had shop bought frozen apple pies.
    Your slice is enough to make me think I might need to try this.
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  • I’m making this tonight Kim. Instead of dinner. Xx

  • Sarah Ryan

    Well I’m off to the kitchen now to make both honey cakes and apple slice!

    There is a bakery in Freshwater and Mascot that still does everything too Elanora Heights comes in at 2nd for now.

  • I LOVE apple slice. I’ve just sat down to reaquaint myself with my blogging news and you’ve instantly made me want to cook. Will power will power. Can this wait until tomorrow?
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  • Okay, have as quickly as my eyes would carry me, caught up on all your posts (a little behind). All other blog catch ups officially bypassed in lieu of apple slice…..yyyuuuummmm. Thanks for sharing.
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  • This is exactly what I would get as my treat from the bakery. Totally delicious, and I believed it was the ‘healthy’ choice. I had a lot to learn. Still love an apple pie, apple crumble, apple cake, apple cider…
    Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right recently posted..‘You’re grounded’ and other futile punishments

    • Apple anything in this house is an absolute winner – apple crumble, apple pie, apple teacake. YUM to all of it.

  • If I get anything from the bakery it is an apple slice. I am so going to make this tomorrow 🙂 Yum!
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