I highly recommend that you don't make it late morning when both children need your attention and everyone is needing lunch. Believe me.
The mixture looked a bit dry so I played around with the butter to try and get it right. You may need to do the same but it will be really quite crumbly, so try this first. If you don't have mixed spice just increase the cinnamon a little.
Apple Fruit Bar
180g butter, softened
1 cup sugar (caster if possible)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
Soften the butter and beat in a mixer with sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
Sift in the flour and beat until the mixture becomes a crumbly dough. Add spices.
Set aside 1 cup of the mixture, and pour the rest in to a lined slice tin. Press down firmly, then grate 2 apples and pile on to the top. Crumble the remainder of the mixture over the apple.
Bake 40-45 mins at 180 degrees.
Update: I have tried this recipe again with apricots - one tin apricots + a handful of chopped dried apricots. I liked it more than the apple. Make sure you drain and pat dry the tinned apricots so the slice doesn't get too soggy.
This Fruit Bar recipe is my (first ever!) entry in to the Sweet New Zealand Monthly Blogging Event. This month it's being hosted by Plum Kitchen and you read can all about it here.