Friday, 7 October 2011

Cinnamon Apple Shortcakes

I've still to share with you the Apple Cider Cake I made for D,  but that's been pushed to the back as I wanted to share these fancy Apple Shortcakes. 
I've never had a Apple Shortcake. let alone made one.  I did some research and they seem to be quite popular in Australia; and its not a surprise that this recipe is adapted from an Australian cookbook on my shelf.  The apple shortcake is like shortbread, apple pie and and apple crumble rolled into one.

These Apple Shortcakes are not made in a jiffy.  They take time and a little love in the kitchen as there are a few stages: the base, the filling and then the topping.  But the final burnished golden result on your plate is really worth it, the gentle waft of the cinnamon and then the texture and flavours come into their own.    
These Apple Shortcakes have a toothsome shortbread base, that are covered with soft sweet cinnamon apples and then garnished with a golden puffy streusel topping. The only thing missing is perhaps a drizzle of toffee or caramel sauce. 

Of course these can be made in deep egg rings, but having a apple shaped cookie cutter, of course I had to use it.  I will be sharing some of these autumnal apple goodnesses with Ruth from the The Pink Whisk who has just started a monthly challenge and this months theme is - Apples;
as well as Sweet Tooth Friday hosted by Alli n Son; Foodie Fridays hosted by Designs by Gollum; Fat Camp Friday # 48 hosted by Mangoes and Chutney; Potluck Friday #54 hosted by EKats Kitchen; and finally Friday Food at Mom Trends.
Cinnamon Apple Shortcakes
Makes 6
Ingredients
Shortcake Base
90g golden aster sugar
185g plain flour
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
125g butter, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple filling
65g butter
2 large cooking apples, peeled and cute into cubes
65g golden caster sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Streusel Topping
25g golden caster sugar
35g butter
50g plain flour
Optional: Thin slice of eating apple
Method 
Set the oven to gas mark 4.  Place 6 deep egg rings on a baking tray lined with baking paper. 
For the base, combine the ingredients in a large bowl and gently rub with your fingertips until the dough just comes together.  Divide the mixture into 6 and place in the egg rings.  Push the mixture down flat.  Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until just brown around the edges.  Leave to one side.
For the apple filling, melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the apple, sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine.  Spread the mixture in a baking tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until just tender. 
For the topping, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs.
To assemble, spoon the apple filling onto the bases and sprinkle lumps of the topping.  Top with apple slice if using.  Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.  Adapted from Manna From Heaven by Rachel Grisewood.

27 comments:

  1. My favourite thing from the school canteen were Apple Shortcakes. In Australian bakeries they are round, covered and iced with a royal type icing. Kind of mini apple pies with a biscuit pastry. I don't see them as much anymore but I'm sure there are bakeries that still do them.

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  2. Ooh they look good, an apple pie with a big twist.

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  3. Thank you Kath.
    I agree that is what they are like - deconstructed!


    Thanks Fran.

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  4. not sure what the teens would think they may just love them but I know that I would for sure

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  5. Thanks Annie.
    I think this one is for grown ups.

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  6. Ooooo sounds delicious! I am all about the streusel topping! :-)

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  7. Thanks Lauren.

    I tried to comment on your blog early this week and struggled a lot. I hope the comments got posted.

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  8. Your apple shortcakes not only sound delicious, but are so lovely to look at too!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  9. This time I use Firefox to comment, maybe it works now.

    I envy you for your cutter assortment! The apple shape looks really lovely and you can never go wrong with apples and cinnamon :)

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  10. You know, I am feeling rather deprived. Being Australian, it seems I should have had these - but I haven't, and they look amazing! I think I'll have to make some myself and catch up :)

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  11. Thank you Jenn Erickson.
    Lovely to make your acquaintance.



    HI Torwen.
    i am glad that the problem for you has been resolved. I know some people are still encountering it.

    I had a problem with comment too, as you know. It was resolved after I followed advice from a fellow blogger to do with 'cookies'. See my Tuesday post asking for help.

    Re: my cookie cutter assortment - what began as one cookie cutter, ended up over the years being a rather large box. I hope the write a blog post about it one day.
    :)


    Thanks Kari.
    They are pretty good and I think as an Aussie you should remedy this asap :)

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  12. Another yummy recipe. Like the others I am amazed at your large cookie cutter collection. You seem to have one for most occasions.

    I have just linked to your Blog from mine as you are my chosen 'Blogging Buddy' of the week. I hope you don't mind.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend, although my Lovely Hubby is up in Scotland with his Mum this weekend and he says the weather is dreadful where he is! (Peebleshire)

    Sue xx

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  13. Oh Sue,
    My (mango)cheeks are warm I am blushing with warmth of the love I am feeling from you. Thank you so much for humbling me with a blog entry on your lovely blog. Of course I don't mind, its a real honour x

    Regarding the weather, yes it is positively horrible up here (west of Scotland) and it is not getting any better sadly.

    Kind and warm wishes as always.

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  14. I have just popped over from Sue's blog. You have some lovely recipes listed here and I think I will be trying out the apple flapjack recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Lovely to make your acquaintence Simone.
    I shall have to thank Sue for sending you over. i am so pleased that you are liking some of the recipes.

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  16. Ha ha, love it that you have an apple shaped cookie cutter. This sounds a super pud - love shortbread and apples and cinnamon - yum.

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  17. i was bowled over by your presentation. Apple shaped cutter and all. shortcake sounds delicious.

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  18. What a lovely blog you have here and how beautiful are these apple desserts! I was excited to learn you are Welsh as I spent some time in Anglesey with my dear friend Eli. Coincidentally, she has just sent me a Welsh recipe book so I'll be cooking something from it over the weekend. What fun!

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  19. Thank you so much HungryAustralian.
    I've never been to Anglesey, hope to one day though. I hope you enjoy cooking from your Welsh recipe book.

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  20. loving the idea of cinnamon apple shortcakes. :) totally submit your post to our #applelove bloghop. http://juniakk.blogspot.com/2011/10/apple-bloghop-gf-quinoa-apple-muffins.html

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  21. Thanks Junia - your wish is my command.

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  22. I love apples and cinnamon together, what a great fall dish!

    Thanks for linking up to Momtrends this week!

    ~Shannon, Food Channel Editor, Momtrends.com

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  23. Hi Liz.
    Another one of your lovely comments was sadly found in my spam bin. I am just glad I found it.

    I'm so pleased you've confirmed the Aussie roots to these humble shortcakes. Thank you.

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