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Apple Slice

Yield Makes 16 squares 1x
Prep: 25 minutesCook: 34 minutesTotal: 59 minutes

An easy Apple and Sour Cream Slice made from scratch.


Shortbread crust

  • 140 grams (1 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 65 grams (1/2 cup) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 75 grams (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 115 grams (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Apple filling

  • 600 grams (2 and 1/2 cups) canned apple slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon, optional

Sour cream layer

  • 240 ml (1 cup) full fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Grease and line an 8-inch square pan with baking or parchment paper, ensuring two sides overhang (this will make it easier to remove the slice later).
  2. Shortbread crust
    In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, coconut and salt. Stir together. Add melted butter and stir until combined. Mixture should resemble wet sand.
  3. Place mixture into prepared baking pan. Press down using the back of a dessert spoon to form one even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is just golden on the edges. Remove from oven.
  4. Apple filling
    In a large mixing bowl, add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest. Stir to combine. Pour apples over crust (it’s ok if the crust is still hot) and spread out to form one even layer. 
  5. Sour cream layer
    Dollop spoonfuls of sour cream over apples. Spread out to form one even layer. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over the top. 
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until slice no longer wobbles in the middle. Either enjoy warm straight from the pan OR let slice chill in the fridge for at least two hours. Then carefully slice into small squares to serve. 


Coconut: If you don’t want to use coconut, you can add 35 grams (1/4 cup) extra plain flour to the crust instead.

Sour cream: I haven’t tested this recipe with an alternative, because sour cream works so well. But if you don’t have access to sour cream, you could perhaps try a mix of thickened or heavy cream and creme fraiche. 

Storage: Keep leftover Apple Slice in the fridge.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 slice Calories: 187 Sugar: 11.3 g Sodium: 44.7 mg Fat: 11.9 g Carbohydrates: 19.7 g Protein: 1.7 g Cholesterol: 23.9 mg
Nutrition information is a guide only.
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: DessertCuisine: Australian
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