Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
Grease an 18cm square tin and line
with baking parchment.
Tip the apples into a pan with 2 tbsp
water. Bring to the boil and simmer on
a low heat for 5 mins until tender and slightly pulpy. Add the dates and 50g of
the sugar, and cook for a further 5 mins.
Take off the heat and break the apples
down with the back of a spoon until
smooth and well mixed with the
dates. Set aside.
Gently melt the butter in a
saucepan. Mix the flour, bicarb,
oats and remaining sugar in a
bowl. Pour in the melted butter
and stir well until oats are coated.
Press half the mixture firmly
into the tin, spread the apple
mix on top and smooth over.
Cover with the remaining oat
mixture and press down. Bake
for 30-35 mins until golden and
firm. Cool in the tin before
cutting into squares.