I have this lovely apple tree in my garden, its one of those apple trees that is made up of four different apple trees kinda spliced together. The first few years it didn’t really produce the greatest apples, just funny little apples full of holes, not good for much other than hiding in apple and blackcurrant pies and crumbles, not letting them take centre stage. This year though, they are like, proper apples, big crisp and juicy. Since they are so lovely this year I have decided to oven dry some and use them in things, first off flapjacks.
1/2 cup vegan margarine
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup golden unrefined caster sugar
2 1/2 cups porridge oats
3/4 cup dried mixed fruit
a few tbsp of mixed seeds, optional
Preheat the oven to 160c/320f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Thinly slice and core the apple and lay the slices on the baking parchment, place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until partially dried and transfer to a cooling rack. Leave the oven on and line a 9×13″ brownie/tray bake pan. Now combine the margarine, syrup and sugar in a saucepan and melt together to combine, once melted together stir in the oats and dried fruit. Press the mix evenly into pan, top with seeds and apple slices and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before slicing with a sharp knife.