Playing With Recipes : Date and Oat Slice.

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I’ve been playing with this recipe for years. The original recipe is from the very old ‘Book of Home Baking’ by Margaret Fulton. I don’t actually remember where or when I got this book from but it does have an old faded Big W price sticker on it. It’s a book I’ve used many many times.

In particular this recipe which is fantastic in itself but I can’t help myself and add something different to it nearly every time.

Let me know if you do…..

In a small saucepan put 300g chopped dates, 2 Tbls water, 1Tbls lemon juice and 1Tbls honey. Simmer gently over a medium heat until the dates are soft. Take off the heat and leave aside while you prepare the crumbly oat layers.

In a medium bowl mix together  225g wholemeal flour with 200g rolled oats and then rub in 220g butter. Stir in 60g brown sugar and I like to add about 50g flax seed and a few pepita and sunflower seeds.

Press 1/2 this mixture into a shallow square or rectangular baking dish which you’ve lined with baking paper.  Cover with the date mixture. Here is where i play with the recipe. I’ve added a layer of thinly sliced apple or pear, some sultanas, currants, pecans, slivered almonds, whatever I had at hand. Today I’ve sprinkled a handful of dried cranberries and some chopped  walnuts.

Cover the filling with the remaining crumble and press down well.

Bake at 190c for 35 – 40 minutes until brown.

Cut into slices while still warm then cool completely in the tin before removing and serving and eating.

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This slice is still delicious even 1 week later, just keep it in an air tight container.

If you leave out the nuts it makes a great lunchbox snack.

Enjoy…

Apple, Berry and Ginger Crumble

image Crumbles….

I love them.

Dinner tonight is going to be a very healthy roast vegetable, butter beans and goat feta warm salad so we can indulge in some dessert.image

Usually Granny Smith apples are used in apple desserts but I use whatever’s in the house, in this case, royal gala apples.

I’ve played around with many crumble mixes. Some with coconut, some without, some with different nuts, seeds and sugars. This particular crumble I’ve adapted from a  Margaret Fulton Date and Oat Slice recipe that I’ve been using for years. It’s one of my husbands favourite treats.

Simply rub 75g of butter into 55g of wholemeal flour and 35g rolled oats. Add 30g brown sugar and 30g shredded coconut and mix together until well combined. Set aside.

imageNext, peel and core 1 large apple, then chop into smallish cubes. Throw into a bowl with 100g frozen (or fresh if they’re in season) mixed berries, 20g finely chopped glacé ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and 40g brown sugar.  Mix well.image

Now spoon the apple mixture into a small, deep oven proof dish,  sprinkle the crumble mix over the top and bake at 180c for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. I made 4 x 1 cup  individual servings, but it’s up to you.

Take it out of the oven and let it cool down for a while before serving with custard or ice cream.  Wonderful winter dessert after what’s been a healthy food week for us.

Enjoy…