Apple Squares

I like to bake. I like to bake if it’s quick and easy. And I like to bake with fruit and nuts. 
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It’s adapted from
The first thing I did was reduce the sugar, and then doubled everything else. If you’re going to make something delicious, you need enough of it – right?! 
And I added the butter topping. It gives a delicious crisp surface to these moist and flavourful squares. 

Apple Squares
Recipe adapted from

Pre-heat the oven to 180’C
Grease and line a 22cm square baking pan.

125g butter, melted
250g light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
320g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs custard powder
2 medium apples, diced
100g chopped pecan nuts

Mix together the melted butter and sugar.
Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
Sift in the baking powder, flour, cinnamon, custard powder and salt.
Stir until well combined. The mixture will be stiff.
Stir in the diced apple and pecan nuts. Mix well.

Mix together:
2 tbs butter, melted
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Pour the topping mixture over the batter and spread evenly.

Bake at 180’C for approx. 40minutes.

Don’t over-bake these squares – you want them to remain moist and soft. But if you do, well it’s the perfect excuse to serve them up with some ice-cream or drizzled cream. 
Num num num! 
Thanks numstheword for the inspiration!