Ha! Another productive Monday... Look at me go!






So Im making time on Mondays to do the whole school lunch box thing, homemade treats and all.

These Apple Cinnamon Squares treats come out a errrm treat. I made them last week and a few times the week before that, they don't last long here! 
They're kinda cakey-slicey goodness. So if you'd like to make them here's how.

I got the original recipe from Here, but I don't believe cakes and things need half the sugar that are generally put in them so I changed it...like a baking genius! And I think if your even more keen you could easily replace the sugar with something trendy like rice malt syrup or maple syrup. 
And if you're really a baking genius as I am, you can change the shape from squares to circles or this week I went crazy and made rectangles!! 

So here goes.

Whack your oven on 175C
You'll need;

1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I also add a dash of nutmeg or cardamom for a bit extra yum) 
1/2 cup brown sugar (or a trendy sugar substitute) 
1/4 cup melted butter 
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup or a bit more cut up Apple (1cm or so)
1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar (Demerara is best) mixed with1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

The original recipe also has walnuts in it, which does taste super yum but is not school lunchbox friendly. Do go ahead and add a 1/4 cup chopped walnuts if it's for you!

Okay so sift all dry ingredients together. 
Add butter, vanilla essence, egg and mix until just combined. Then chuck in apples (and walnuts) mix it up and divide into what ever crazy shape your heart desires.. I've used muffin tins, mini loaf tins, a 6 x 9 inch tin and a round cake tin ... What can I say I love these little suckers! 

Bake for 10-15 if muffin size or 15-20 if slice size.

And while they're baking here's some fun facts;

Cinnamon tricks your brain into thinking something is sweeter 
   - so you can add less sugar and they'll never know the difference!

# I like to eat extremely plain things like toast while watching cooking shows, I trick my mind into thinking I've gone too way more effort.

# There are sea turtles that hatch on a beach on the east coast of Australia. They swim 100km until they catch the tide to South America, where they hang out and do turtley things for 16 years until they return to that exact same beach to feed take off for another 13years and come back to lay their eggs!! Mind. Blown.

Tea. Apple Cinnamon Baked Thing. Feet up.

Melinda x




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