Apple & Mince Pie Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 square bars

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into small dice
  • peel of half an orange
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 250g fruit mince (I used Woolies)
  • 40g flaked almonds
  • pastry
  • 2 cups of cake flour (300g)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour (40g)
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar (170g)
  • 250g chilled butter, cut into cubes
  • zest of half an orange

Instructions

  1. Finely grate the zest of half an orange then set aside. Peel the skin off the other half of the orange with a vegetable peeler, and place in a pot with 14 of a cup of sugar. Add the juice of the orange and bring this to the boil. allow this to simmer over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F
  3. While the apple is cooking / cooling - make the pastry. Place the flours, sugar, zest, butter in a food processor and pulse until a soft dough forms. Remove
  4. Line a 20-23cm square cake tin with baking paper. Press 2/3 of the pastry into the bottom of the tin and flatten.
  5. Spoon out the apples from the liquid and remove the orange peel. Mix this in a bowl with the Xmas fruit mince.
  6. Spread the fruit mix evenly over the surface of the pastry. Grate the remaining third of the pastry over the top. Scatter the slivered almonds and bake for 40 - 45 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool, cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar
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