Date & apple squares

Date & apple squares

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(43 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins


Makes 8
A chewy, oaty tray bake with sticky dates and apples - bound to be a big hit.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal513
  • fat24g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre4g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 225g butter, plus a little extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 140g stoned date, chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 280g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g porridge oat


  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.

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21st Mar, 2013
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?
10th Mar, 2013
Much better than expected, mixture seemed far too wet when putting into tin but turned out nice and gooey/sticky when cooked.
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5th Jan, 2013
Very popular with the kids which is great with dates in, very sweet though, took 2oz sugar out the second time.
16th Nov, 2012
Yummie! Freezes well too.
4th Nov, 2012
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.
2nd Nov, 2012
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.
1st Nov, 2012
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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