Monday, April 22, 2013

Apple Pie Bars

Sometimes, SP & I have very different ideas of what a delicious dessert is. For instance, he would be happy with a simple grilled peach or a poached pear and while I like those, they aren't exactly my idea of a terrific dessert. Since he likes fruity desserts, I usually suggest fruit tarts or pies. Or something like this: Apple Pie Bars (from Food and Wine magazine).
There are three parts to this dessert:

  • Granny Smith apples sliced and sauteed with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
  • A shortbread crust. 
  • Toasted walnuts added to a topping of oats, flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and butter.

We did not need 4 dozen bars from a 15x17 rimmed baking sheet, so we halved the recipe. We used an 8x8 baking pan. We buttered the pan and lined it with parchment. This is pretty straightforward, pretty easy, and maybe a wee bit time consuming. It took a bit of time to peel, core, slice, and then saute the apples.
 But the house smells so darn good when the apples are sauteing and then when the bars are baking.
These are delicious. I love the shortbread crust and the cinnamon & sugar apples. The topping is OK. SP loves it, but my problem is the oats. I'm just not a fan of oats. After a couple of days, I started picking off some of the topping and giving it to SP! I definitely still want to make an apple pie but until we finally get around to that, these will do. Definitely something we would make again. Plus, the recipe says these can be made ahead of time and frozen, which is nice, so maybe next time we'll make a full batch and freeze half.

Recipe here: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/apple-pie-bars

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