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SPICED APPLE & DULCE DE LECHE BARS

The JAZZ apple season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with these delicious spiced apple bars. Dulce de leche and spiced apples are sandwiched between two layers of oat-y crumble biscuit. 

I have partnered with the lovely folk at JAZZ Apples to come up with this tasty autumnal treat. JAZZ apples work perfectly in these bars as they’re both tangy and sweet. 

INGREDIENTS

Crumble and base
250g butter, cubed
200g plain flour
150g rolled oats
140g brown sugar 
50g coconut 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Filling
720g JAZZ apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
380g tin of dulce de leche (caramel)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 20 x 20cm tin with baking paper. 

Place all crumble ingredients in a bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until completely incorporated. 

Press 2/3 of the crumble mixture into the lined tin. Place the remaining mixture in the refrigerator. This will make it easier to crumble up later. Use the back of a spoon to smooth base out evenly. Bake for 15 minutes then set aside to cool. 

Cut apples into thin slices then place in a pot over a low heat along with the ground spices. Cook for 10 minutes or until apples have just started soften. Be careful not to let them get mushy. 

Smear 2/3 of the dulce de leche over the baked base then top with apples. 

Use your hands to crumble the remaining crumble mixture over the apples. 

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown. Leave in the tin to cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Place remaining caramel in a microwave proof bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until runny. Drizzle over bars and chill.