apple and mince pie crumble bars

by Sam on December 18, 2013

apple and mince pie crumble bars

apple and mince pie crumble bars

It’s the 18th of December and I haven’t started feeling the Christmas vibe yet. Normally by now I have. Perhaps because I live alone and there are no small children around, or no Christmas tree, or perhaps its because I haven’t been in the malls much and seen all the festivities.

I had some intention to do a few Christmas recipe this years. I adore Christmas food in all shapes and forms. I have done a gammon cooked in coke with a honey mustard glaze, a turkey and  stuffing , as well as the best roast potatoes in the past. I tend to be a little traditional and stick with what I know and like. I also wasn’t planning any particular Christmas feast. This year I’m traveling to spend a few days with my family where I am sure I will get roped into helping prepare our Christmas dinner. It will be very traditional – it always is. There will be roast turkey with stuffing, a glazed gammon and Christmas pudding. I have offered to make my boozy cherry Christmas pudding with chocolate strudel this year, so I think this will be my main task on the 24th. I will be posting this recipe next week.

I did however do a series of recipes using Christmas food leftovers like cold turkey and gammon, so I will be putting these up over the next few days.

I hope this recipe makes up for things. It’s a cracker and really a whole lot easier than making mince pies. If you are like me, and love the richness of Christmas mince pies you should probably add a lot more of the mince filling to this recipe. I have kept it fairly scant and more bar-like, but it could probably do with an extra 100gs of fruit. The orange zest in the pastry is quite subtle but works so well. I love the combination of citrus with mince pies like my frangipane mince pies with orange zest.

I think Ill make another batch to take to my family. I mean this is the time for utter over indulgence right?

Oh and I find it easier to grate the final third of the pastry in order to get it into small enough crumbs for even distribution across the surface.

apple and mince pie crumble bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 square bars

apple and mince pie crumble 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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apple and mince pie crumble bars

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Anne December 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will definitely make over the weekend to get into the Christmas spirit!.
Happy Christmas and thank you for all your delicious and inspiring recipes!

Sam December 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thanks Anne, Happy Christmas to you to.
best
sam

Daisy December 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I am assuming to add the diced apple along with the orange juice?

Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 19, 2013 at 7:04 am

I love crumble bars, these are beauties!