Zoar’s Crispy Apple Bake

A simple and delicious dessert which will delight both children and adults, Zoar’s Crispy Apple Bake may be served with ice-cream or whipped cream.

1 teaspoon butter

4 oz. flour

8 oz. sugar

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint

4 medium-sized cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges

1 tablespoon soft brown sugar

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F (Gas Mark 4, 180°C). Using the butter, grease a 9- x 9-inch ovenproof dish and set aside.

Place the flour, sugar and soda in a medium-sized mixing bowl and, using a fork, mix the ingredients together. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg. Continue to mix the ingredients for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the cin-namon and mint leaves together and add the apples. Using two wooden spoons, toss the apples until they are evenly coated with the cinnamon mixture.

Arrange the apple slices in the prepared dish and sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples. Scatter the soft brown sugar over the top.

Place the dish in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden brown. Remove the dish from the oven and cover with aluminium foil. Set aside to cool slightly.

Remove the foil and serve immediately.

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