Thursday, 2 August 2012

Apple Fruit Bar

Reuben is a fan of those fruit bars that you can buy at the supermarket, and we have got them for him occasionally. But I do like homemade snacks for him, and thought I would like to have a go at making him something similar. I came across a recipe for Berry Shortcake Slice in the NZ Gardener magazine, and it was just what I needed to get me started. But I had a hankering to try it with apple rather than berries - perhaps because that is the flavour we have usually bought, and perhaps because apples are always available in our house when berries are not. I played around with the recipe a bit (including reducing the sugar) and think the results are way beyond a child's basic snack. This would do very well warmed with cream for pudding, you just might like to think of a more stylish name for for it.

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
2 apples

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.


  1. Beautiful beautiful, Angela, all of it! The food, the photos, their composition, the plates, the fabric... Love it all xx

  2. Thank you AA! I think these pics have actually come the closest to what I am trying to achieve. x

  3. Nice to discover your blog Angela! These look like the type of fruit bars that my husband likes, especially because he is a runner, and I guess he would like both apple and apricots... maybe I should ask him to try to make them... for a change :-).


    I am the the Sweet NZ host for September, I hope that you will have more sweet treats to share :), info here

    1. Good idea - I look forward to hearing how he get's on! Yes, see you again at Sweet NZ.

  4. Made this today - delicious! Big thumbs up from my two little monkeys too. Had intended to tweak it by reducing the flour and adding some oats, but got distracted and forgot. Maybe next time. Have a feeling I'll be making it again.
    PS on the name, we decided to call it apple crumble cake :-)

    1. Made this again today and remembered the oats - I used 2 cups flour and added half a cup of oats to the reserved topping mix. Also added a sprinkling of chopped dates because there didn't seem to be much apple. Both reasonable additions, I think, and have been well received by my critics so far. If you do add dates I would suggest leaving slightly more aside for the topping to make sure they are well covered, otherwise they get singed and a bit charcoaly, which isn't quite what I was aiming for!


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