Meet: Wunderbar. As Kristin has fondly called it.
A hearty slice with a fruity middle. The fruit and date combo means it requires very little added sugar. You won’t miss the sugar, promise! I sloshed a bit of earl grey, date and caramel sauce on the bottom [Just as an aside, whip some of this up, stash it in your fridge and keep it up your sleeve. One sauce, 101 ways. I swear!]
W U N D E R B A R :
- 1 cup wholegrain oats
- 1 cup coconut thread
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts [peanuts/almonds/pistachios or whatever takes your fancy. I used peanuts]
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 100g butter
THE MAGIC IN THE MIDDLE:
- 2 pears or apples
- 8-10 chopped dates
- about 1/2 cup earl grey tea [or just water will work fine too]
Heat oven to 180 degrees/160 fanbake. Line a 25 x 20 cm tin [or a brownie sized slice tin works just as well, mine measures 27 x 18cm].
Place dates in small saucepan with tea [or water] and simmer gently for around 5 minutes until most of the liquid has reduced and dates look sort of mushy. While dates are doing their thing, peel and finely slice pear or apple. Then add this to date mixture and allow to soften for a couple of minutes. If it’s starting to dry out, add a little bit more liquid- but you want it as thick and pulpy as possible.
Mix dry ingredients together. Melt butter, then stir through dry ingredients. Pour half of crumble mix into slice tin, spread evenly over bottom. You’ll need to push it down and sort of stick it together. Place in oven for around 8-10 minutes, or until golden on the edges.
The fruit mix should be done by this time, once you’ve pulled crumble base out of the oven, you can spread it on top of the crumble base. [I doused the crumble in a bit of that caramel sauce I mentioned up there prior to adding the fruit, but you could add chopped chocolate in it’s place- or omit it altogether. If you are using caramel sauce that seems a bit too runny, you can always add a bit of flour to achieve a thicker consistency].
Once you have your fruity magic on top of the base, you can crumble the remaining dry mix evenly over the top and place back in the oven for a further 8-10 minutes [or until golden on top]. It holds together best when cool, so best to chill before slicing.
Serve with yoghurt and a dusting of cinnamon. Wunderbar, literally!