Apple and Sultana Bars

    40 minutes

    An apple and sultana base is baked then covered in a basic icing before being cut into bars. Ideal for lunch boxes and packed lunches.

    20 people made this

    Serves: 32 

    • Bar
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 2/3 cup (110g) brown sugar
    • 1 cup stewed apples
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1/2 cup sultanas
    • Icing
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 1 1/2 cups (250g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 tablespoon milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 23x33cm cake tin.
    2. Bar: In a medium bowl cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth. Blend in the stewed apples and egg.
    3. Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mixed spice then stir into the applesauce mixture. Fold in sultanas.
    4. Spread the batter evenly in to the prepared cake tin.
    5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven until firm.
    6. Icing: Heat butter in a small saucepan until melted and golden brown.
    7. Blend in the icing sugar and vanilla. Gradually stir in the milk until icing is smooth and spreadable.
    8. Spread over cooled base before cutting into bars.

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    First of all, I have to say that I made a lot of modifications. I was looking for a healthy cake/bar with applesauce that we can eat as a family for dessert, and not blow a bunch of calories! This turned out to be a good starting point. I used turbinado sugar (same sweetness as processed, but comes in crystals--still has that molasses flavor, but lighter). We had some leftover cinnamon applesauce, so I used that, and the little bit of extra cinnamon was great. Instead of raisins, I chopped up half of a big gala apple (skin on, important vitamins) and used about a third of a cup of chopped walnuts. I also used 2/3 whole wheat flour, instead of all white. That said, it's a delicious, moist bar with a wonderful flavor, and I think the apples and walnuts make it much more satiating, too. It's also very quick and easy to make, popped it in as I was making lunch. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars, is because I made so many changes and didn't leave it as-is.  -  05 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    A very nice, cake like texture. Almost like a spice cake. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I didn't care for the icing. I will make this again but make a different icing.  -  21 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These are a very moist bar. They have a nice flavor. Next time, I think I will just dust with powdered sugar instead of icing them.  -  18 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)