My Dad used to make an Apple Strudel or Forest Fruit Strudel for the church my mum attends. At the church during the summer months they host an event called Teas in the Tower. It’s to raise money to help with the maintenance of the tower. Locals in the village and people who attend the church bake cakes for free and the church sells them. The church opens the tower to sell the cakes from within and the locals or anyone who is passing by can pop in for a slice of cake and a cup of tea or coffee. Hence the name ‘Teas in the Tower’.
Dad would make one of his favourite desserts for the event. He would make this with puff pastry but as I have an allergy to gluten I can no longer eat this delicious pastry. So I have made my own version and it’s just as yummy. It still has apples but I have also added dates for a sweet chewy texture. A cake I think my dad would have enjoyed.
Makes 8 large or 16 small
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Vegetable peeler
- Mixing bowl
- Metal spoon
- Baking tray
- Grease proof paper
Ingredients for the base
- Eating apples x 2
- Lemon x 1 juice and zest
- Unsalted butter or ghee x 125g
- Coconut sugar x 125g
- Vanilla powder x 1/4 tsp
- Eggs x 2
- Ground oats x 150g
- Ground Almonds x 50g
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Bicarbonate of soda x 1 tsp
- Dates x 100g
- Pinch of salt
Ingredients for the topping
- Pecans x 40g
- Oats x 40g
- Maple syrup x 40mls
- Ground Cinnamon x 1/2 tsp
- Unsalted butter or ghee x 30g
Method for the base
- Preheat the oven to 180° and then grease and line the baking tray.
- Peal the apples, slice into quarters, remove the core and chop into quarter pieces.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the apples and set aside.
- Place the butter, sugar and vanilla powder into the mixing bowl and beat together.
- Gradually mix in the eggs.
- Mix the baking powder and bicarbonate into the oats.
- Grind the oats in a nutribullet, blender or food processor and add to the mixture.
- Along with the ground almonds and a pinch of salt.
- Remove the stones from the dates, chop them into small pieces and fold into the mix.
- Fold in the apple pieces too.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and pat it down.
Method for the topping
- Put the pecan and oats into the nutribullet and grind together.
- Now put these into the mixing bowl.
- Along with the maple syrup, ground cinnamon and unsalted butter.
- Mix all of these ingredients together.
- Sprinkle evenly over the cake mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
- Leave to cool.
- Cut into bars and serve.
Apple and Date Strussel Bars taste nothing like my Dad’s Apple Strudel Bar but they are still just as tasty. My husband Howard and son Ted loved them. They were a huge hit in this house. These Apple and Date Bars make a lovely afternoon snack or they are great as part of a picnic. You could even have them as dessert after your lunch or dinner. However you decide to eat these bars, as always, enjoy.
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