I definitely wasn't one to just grab a piece from the fruit bowl and chow down.
If it wasn't already peeled and chopped up, ready to eat, then I wasn't interested.
But, apples were and still are one of my favourites.
Though even then I'm still picky. I will only eat Granny Smith apples. I love that they are crispy, crunchy and have a nice sour taste to them.
But after 3 years of not being able to just eat an apple at will (I had braces 😞....twice) even my love for the good old Granny Smith began to wane.
However never one to rule out fruit completely I will devour fruit filled desserts. Crumbles, Danishes, cobblers, pastries...let's face it, I pretty much just love fruit covered in butter, sugar and flour.
So when my son came home from care one day with a bag full of apples that they had picked themselves at a local apple farm the only solution was to bake them into something edible.
My mum used to wrap apple slices in pastry with some jam and bake them. Super yum but a tad on the easy side for what I wanted.
Next stop apple crumble. My absolute favourite.
But palming off leftover apple crumble seemed strenuous.
It needed to be something portable to feed the work troops.
Apple crumble bar was the answer!
Of course I can't bake something and not taste test straight away so a trip to my mums for afternoon tea was on the agenda. We all agree that apple crumble bar is delicious!
115gms butter, melted
1 cup caster sugar
2 large apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbl spoons plain flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
50gms butter, melted
1. Pre heat oven to 180. Grease and line a square cake tin.
Place the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
Add the egg and whisk vigoursly until the mixture becomes pale in colour.
Fold through the diced apples and walnuts.
2. Using a large spatula gently fold through the flour, baking powder and cinnamon until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Spread out evenly with the spatula.
3. To make the crumble topping; combine the caster sugar and brown sugar in a small bowl. Add the flour and cinnamon, stir well. Pour in the melted butter and mix. The mixture should resemble wet sand.
Sprinkle evenly over the apple cake batter.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden and cake is cooked through.
4. Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completly.
Although I think this is best served warm with some natural Greek yoghurt.