Close up of cooked apple dappy - raisins, scone dough and apple pieces

Apple Dappy

I found some Red Windsor apples in the supermarket this week and used them to make my version of an old fashioned pudding called Apple Dappy, which is made using a scone dough as pastry.

Bowl of four Red Windsor apples
Red Windsor Apples

I found the original recipe in the Pudding Club Cookbook by Keith & Jean Turner (a treasure trove of proper puddings). My version of Apple Dappy includes dried fruit and oranges as well as apples and lemons. It has become a family favourite.

Apple Dappy

Course: DessertCuisine: British (West Country)Difficulty: Easy


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  • 12oz / 335gm self raising flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 3 ½ oz / 100gm salted butter

  • 1lb / 450gm eating apples (I use Red Windsor)

  • 4oz / 110gm mixed dried fruit

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 2 lemons – zest and juice

  • 2 oranges – zest and juice

  • 2oz / 55gm granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Put the zest from the lemons and oranges into a small saucepan with the sugar, honey and ½oz / 15gm of the butter.
  • Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons into a measuring jug and make up to 12 fl oz / 350ml with water.
  • Pour into the saucepan and cook on a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup reaches boiling point.Syrup in a saucepan with a spoon
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Core your apples and cut into small pieces as I do for the apple and cinnamon scones. There is no need to peel the apples unless the variety you are using has a very tough skin.Apple pieces in a bowl
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Rub in the remaining 3oz / 85gm of butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the milk and mix to a dough. The dough should be a slightly stiffer, drier dough than if you were making scones.Ball of dough in a bowl
  • Tip the dough onto a well floured working surface and roll it out to about 12 inches / 30cm square.Flat square of rolled dough on a table
  • Mix your apples with the cinnamon and spread them evenly over the dough.
  • Sprinkle on the dried fruit.Apples, cinnamon and dried fruit spread onto the dough base
  • Roll the dough and filling up like a Swiss roll.Dough rolled like a Swiss roll
  • Cut into eight slices and place them in one layer in a well greased baking dish. I use a ceramic dish measuring 12 x 9 inches / 30 x 23cm.One slice cut from the dough and filling roll
  • Pour the cooled syrup over the cut slices.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven 375 / 190 / 170 Fan / Gas Mark 5 for approximately 35 minutes or until it is golden brown.Cooked apple dappy in a dish
  • Serve straight from the oven with cream or custard.

Next time I will be making an apple cake using another variety of British apples.


  1. These recipes sound really tasty but what apples do you suggest if Worcester or Windsor aren’t available?

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