Mini apple and almond cakes

Ingredients

  • 75g/2¾oz butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g/3½oz self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 60g/2¼oz Bramley apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 15g/½oz flaked almonds
  • crème fraîche, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  2. Grease the inside of the cooking rings with a little butter and dust with flour. Arrange the cooking rings on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

  3. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl. Add the sugar, flour, egg and almond extract and mix together until combined.

  4. Spoon a little of the mixture into the base of each ring, arrange some of the apple slices over the batter and spoon the remaining cake mixture on top, levelling with the back of a teaspoon.

  5. Scatter each cake with flaked almonds. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until well risen and golden-brown.

  6. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes before removing the rings. Serve warm with a dollop of crème fraîche.