Date & apple squares

Date & apple squares

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 8

A chewy, oaty tray bake with sticky dates and apples - bound to be a big hit.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per square

kcalories
513
protein
5g
carbs
68g
fat
24g
saturates
15g
fibre
4g
sugar
47g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 225g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 140g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 140g stoned dates, chopped
  • 280g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g porridge oats

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease an 18cm square tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2012

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colite1990's picture
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I'm glad I read the comments before making this as I decided to try it with 180g butter and 200g light brown sugar and it turned out really well! It was great hot out of the oven and would have been good with custard as it's quite similar to apple crumble!

I then left it in the fridge overnight and it was perfect for taking into work to eat cold as a snack as it had solidified by then. Very tasty and moreish, will definitely make this again!

1Nannyjane's picture

Wish I'd read the comments before making this! Couldn't believe how sloppy this was when I took it out of the oven. I noticed that some people said it solidified overnight but having seen all that butter liquified in the tray I wouldn't have fancied eating it so put it straight in the bin. What a waste of ingredients! I also noticed that it rose quite a lot too.

Jen Connolly's picture

I agree with most others; delicious, but too much butter. Next time I will use half, and try some olive oil as well to make up to three quarters total fat. Olive works as well as butter in flapjacks, I've found.

Ki's picture

Made these squares twice now in the last week, and I've only managed to have one slice! They just get eaten too quickly. I found that leaving the apples and dates chunky works well, and that with all the butter, the flapjack part can be a bit greasy, but when I used 180g it was fine.

beanielulu's picture

oops, meant 5 stars.

beanielulu's picture

Yummy! Used half the sugar and less butter as suggested and used raisins as had no dates, turned out really well. Good job team :)

miss_brightside's picture

Delicious! Took these into work and had people asking for the recipe. As others have said the mixture was a bit wet but it works - I left them overnight before cutting them into squares which seemed to help as they still looked a bit sloppy when they came out the oven. Will definitely be making these again!

sabamoley's picture

These were very tasty. I cut down on the sugar as recommended and put a dessert spoonful into the apple and date mixture and 110g into the oat mix, which seemed to work.

lynmerry's picture

These are lovely, very easy to make. Mixture is quite wet, but it's not at all greasy when it's cooked. I cut it into 12 bits too, which were about the right size as it is quite sweet

katieb_80's picture

These are super sweet but a good tray bake option. I reduced the amount of sugar and added in some golden syrup to make them really chewy. Mmmm mmm

gooseberrycrumble's picture

Haven't sampled them yet but they look delicious! I used half the amount of sugar and will reduce the fat as well next time since the oaty-mixture was swimming in grease. I cut it into 12 pieces.

malenstwo-43's picture
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forgot the stars so here it goes again

malenstwo-43's picture
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They were so good, but yes, very sweet. Half the sugar would have been just right. I doubled the amount and it bake in the same time. Very good for pot luck Easter Lunch.

lindad4a's picture

These look and sound delicious... but dates are very sweet and 10oz of soft brown sugar as well as the dates sounds scary! Am wondering if they'd work with only half the sugar?

samlea2's picture
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Much better than expected, mixture seemed far too wet when putting into tin but turned out nice and gooey/sticky when cooked.

sllyst's picture
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Very popular with the kids which is great with dates in, very sweet though, took 2oz sugar out the second time.

brennie72's picture
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Yummie! Freezes well too.

helenrothwell's picture
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Just tasted one of these (made by my lovely mum) -- they are so delicious! With buttery crumble and sticky toffee dates, enhancing a straightforward apple traybake ; they're like three desserts in one. Highly recommended (especially if you can get someone else to bake them for you!) But I will certainly be having a go myself, too.

julieah68's picture
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made some today , think we needed to cook it a bit longer, very tasty but feel apart when we ate them. but will be making again.

foxy12boxy's picture
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I made these squares as the recipe seemed quick and easy and I love dates! They didnt take long to make at all and the results are absolutely delicious! I didnt have an 18cm tin so I used a 20cm tin and i was glad as it rose to the top. They are moist and very buttery. I took some to work and the comments were outstanding. I shall certainly be making these on a regular basis!

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