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Oaty Fruit and Honey Squares with an Apple and Apricot Topping

Simple and quick to make, these oaty bites satisfy any mid afternoon craving for something sweet without you feeling too naughty!

Perfect with a cup of coffee.

Makes 18 Squares

175g Any dried fruit or combination of – such as sultanas, raisins, dates or apricots

5 tbsp clear honey

2 tbsp lemon juice

100g plain flour

150ml water

1/2 tsp mixed spice

110g self raising flour

6 tbsp sugar

150g oats

200g butter

2 apples cut into small pieces

6 tbsp water

4 tbsp apricot jam

1. Mix the fruit, honey, lemon juice and water in a pan. Heat gently and boil for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Leave to cool.

2. Sieve in the plain flour to the fruit mix a little at a time, ensuring that the mixture still remains moist.

3. Put the self-raising flour in a bowl, mix in the spice, sugar, oats and melted butter until well combined.

4. Spoon half of the oat mixture into a greased 18cm square tin. Press the mixture down with a metal spoon.

5. Spread the fruit mixture over the top and finish with the remaining oaty mixture, pressing evenly over the surface with a spoon.

6. Bake at 190c/375F for 25 mins or until golden brown.

7. Cool in the tin and then cut into 18 squares.

8. Simmer the water and the apples in a pan until the apples turn soft. Add the jam and bring to the boil stirring constantly to thicken.

9. Top each of the squares with the apple and apricot glaze.


Apple Cinnamon Tarte Tatin Cupcakes wth Caramel Drizzle

A Tarte Tatin is a French upside-down apple tart.

These gourmet cupcakes double up as a scrumptious posh desert…just remove the cupcake papers!

Makes 16 cupcakes


250g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

100g light brown sugar

125g butter

2 beaten eggs

120 ml milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramelized Apples

65g butter

4 apples, peeled, cored and cut each apple into 16 pieces

4 tablespoons of sugar

Caramel Drizzle

65g butter

50g light brown sugar

25g icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar then add all of the other ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth

2. Spoon mixture into cupcake papers (nesting in a cupcake tin) to about 2/3rds full

3. Bake for 20 mins at 180c/350F, then allow to cool

4. To caramelize the apples: melt the butter in a large pan and place half of the apples in, once golden turn over to brown on the other   side. Repeat with the other half of the apples. Put all of the apples back in the pan and add the sugar, allow the sugar to dissolve completely and remove from the pan to cool.

5. Arrange 4 slices of apple on each cupcake as prettily as you can

6. For the caramel drizzle: melt the butter on a low heat, add the sugar and allow to melt for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the sieved icing sugar. vanilla and milk. Dribble about a tablespoon of caramel over each cupcake.