About this recipe:These delicious treats are quick and easy to make. They are lightly spiced, wonderfully moist and incredibly delicious. Enjoy for afternoon tea, elevenses or dessert. It calls for apple butter which is well worth making if you have a glut of apples to use up.
Serves: 18 bars
200g plain flour
110g dark brown soft sugar
4 tablespoons caster sugar
210g apple butter (see footnote)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
120g icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:20min › Ready in:40min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30x5cm or similar sized baking tin.
Beat butter until creamy. Add half of the flour, dark brown soft sugar, caster sugar, egg, apple butter, bicarbonate of soda and the mixed spice. Beat together until well blended. Beat in remaining flour and stir in raisins. Spread in prepared baking tin.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre. Cool in tin on wire rack.
Meanwhile, make the icing. Mix together icing sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cake and cut into bars.
Is a concentrated version of apple sauce. It can be purchased in speciality shops or online. To make your own, try this Apple butter recipe.
Apple butter is a thick, intensely flavoured apple spread that's made by cooking down apples over a low heat. It's available in some shops but if you'd like to try making your own - we have a recipe on the site called "Apple butter". - 11 Aug 2011