What a nice way of using up my soon to expire dried dates and Golden Delicious apples. The recipe in the Good Food Magazine was found upon googling for any tray bakes with apples and dates as main protagonists.
A lot of the volume of the ingredients were changed though, as per comments of reviewers. And out came a very pleasant and delish tea/coffee fodder. See, that's why I like recipe websites where there are a lot of honest reviewers because you can then adjust the recipe according to real life experiences of real people in ordinary kitchens. That way trial and error (that I often do) is minimised and ingredients and efforts not wasted.
[Gosh this is sounding like a IT project writeup.]
Date & Apple Bars
185 g [3/4 cups] butter
140 g [about 1 medium] cooking apple - cored, peeled, and chopped
140 g stoned dried dates - chopped
200 g [1 cup packed] light brown sugar
175 g [heaping 1-1/3 cups] plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
100 g porridge oats
- Preheat oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/375°F. Grease and line a 18 cm (7-inch) square baking pan.
- Put the chopped apples in a saucepan. Add 2-3 Tbsp water and cook until soft and pulpy. This may take between 5-10 minutes and you may have to add a bit more water.
- Add in 25 g (2 Tbsp packed) of the brown sugar and the dates. Continue cooking for a further 5 minutes or until the apple is smooth and mixed well with the dates. You should have a very thick paste at this point. Remove from heat and cool completely. You may puree the mixture in a food processor or blender.
- Gently melt the butter in a saucepan; cool.
- Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and remaining sugar in a bowl.
- Add in the melted butter and mix well.
- Press half of the flour mixture in the prepared pan.
- Spread the apple-date mixture on top.
- Cover with the rest of the flour mixture and press gently.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and firm.
- Cool copletely in the baking pan. Remove and cut into bars or squares.