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"This is my mother's famous apple cake. The apples are macerated with sugar, cinnamon and lemon, and this lovely juice produces the icing," says Brigitte Hafner. The apples can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge. This cake keeps well for four days and is at its best served the day after it's made."

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Boston bun with vanilla-coconut frosting


An old-school Boston bun has a certain retro charm - layer the frosting on as thick as you like and serve it with butter for spreading. This one is best served on the day it's made, but there's little chance of leftovers when it tastes this good.

You'll need

150 ml milk 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast 70 gm raw caster sugar 350 gm (2 1/3 cups) plain flour 100 gm golden sultanas or raisins Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon 2½ tsp vanilla bean paste or scraped seeds of 2 vanilla beans 50 gm butter, melted, plus extra for greasing 1 egg, lightly beaten, plus extra for eggwash   Vanilla-coconut frosting 250 gm pure icing sugar, sieved 50 gm softened butter 1½ tsp vanilla bean paste or scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean To serve: shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Method

  • 01
  • Whisk milk, yeast and 30gm sugar in a bowl to combine, then set aside in a warm place until foamy (3-4 minutes). Combine flour, sultanas, rinds, vanilla, remaining sugar and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl, then make a well in the centre. Add yeast mixture, butter and egg, and stir to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth (4-5 minutes). Place dough in a lightly buttered bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (40-50 minutes).
  • 02
  • Knock back dough on a lightly floured surface, form into a 24cm round and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cover loosely with a tea towel and stand until risen by half (30-40 minutes).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Brush top of bun with eggwash and bake until golden and cooked through (15-20 minutes; bun should sound hollow when tapped). Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 04
  • For vanilla-coconut frosting, beat icing sugar, butter, vanilla and 2 tbsp hot water in a bowl until thick and pale (2-3 minutes), spread over cooled bun, scatter with coconut and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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