I am the type of person that tries to ensure that everyone around me always feels included. I would hate to ever feel left out, so I make a point to try and make sure that when I am around that no one feels left out. Although some may think that is admirable, I just think that not only is it the right thing to do according to my faith in Christ, but I also just think it is the normal thing to do as a considerate member of society.
Oddly enough, this concept spills over into my world of cooking and baking. I occasionally feel certain ingredients are not well represented. I know, it is weird but it is also very true. Therefore, I tend to occasionally focus a few recipes on using some of those ingredients that may be feeling slightly neglected (yes, ingredients do have feelings too) which in turn might neglect some other ingredients. Despite this endless cycle, it ultimately leads to many delicious recipes with many delicious ingredients which is the main goal anyways.
For some reason, I am the one random person who ends up spending more time making things with pumpkin than I do with apples, so I thought I would focus on using apples for a couple of recipes. This was the second recipe in a row that I made with apples, and it is a sure fire hit.
These bars are a simple take on apple pie but it is convenient that they come in little bars to help with ease when bringing them to a party or event. The only problem that arises is that you find yourself returning for another bar….and another bar. But at least it has apples in it?
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Bars and Filling
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp salted butter, cold and diced into cubes
1/4 cup +2 Tbsp buttermilk, chilled
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 lbs apples (I used 2 granny smith, 1 red delicious, 2 McIntosh, 1 gala)
2 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 egg white
1 1/2 Tbsp Raw Turbinado sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare pie crust: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour and salt.
3. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Add buttermilk and egg yolk to mixture and stir until mixture comes together and you are able to form a ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough while preparing apple filling.
5. Prepare apple filling: Peel, core and dice apples into thin and small pieces. Place diced apples in a large mixing bowl.
6. Add orange juice and 1 tsp vanilla and toss apples to evenly coat.
7. In a the same mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup flour, granulated sugar, light-brown sugar, 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to evenly coat, set aside.
8. Assemble Pie: Remove dough from fridge. Divide pie dough into 2 equal portions.
9. Roll one portion into a 13×9 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface (I found that rolling it out using wax paper helped immensely). Lift rolled dough into an ungreased 13×9 inch baking dish.
10. Toss apple mixture once more and pour into baking dish over pie crust. Roll remaining dough (using wax paper) just like you did with the base and place rolled dough over apples.
11. In a small mixing bowl whisk egg white until foamy, brush egg white over top pie crust.
12. In a separate small mixing bowl whisk together 1 1/2 tbsp Raw Turbinado sugar with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over top pie crust.
13. Bake in preheated oven 50 – 60 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a toothpick.
14. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
15. Prepare glaze (optional): Melt the butter and mix together butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla. Drizzle glaze over bars and let glaze set. ***If you do not want to make the glaze, you can just serve the bars with some vanilla ice cream.
16. Store bars in refrigerator in an airtight container, rewarm in microwave if desired.
17. Share and Enjoy!
Sure fire hit. Not as complex as apple pie but just as delicious. Just be careful because unlike apple pie when you can just eat one slice and be content, it is really difficult to just eat one bar.