Thursday, August 20, 2009

Apple Bars

Yield: 4 dozen
Time: 20 minutes prep, 20 minutes bake at 350F, 30 minutes cooling before glazing

  • 1 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 small to medium sized apples, peeled and cut into approx. 1/4" dice
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
  • cinnamon glaze

  1. spray a 13" x 9" baking dish with non-stick spray, and heat the oven to 350F.
  2. mix the oil, egg, milk, and sugar
  3. stir in the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and spices
  4. stir in the apples and nuts
  5. spread it out in the baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick or bamboo skewer comes out clean from the center
  6. let it cool for half an hour, in the pan, on a rack
  7. mix your glaze: 1 c. powdered (confectioner's) sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1-1/2 Tbs. of water
  8. drizzle the cinnamon glaze over the bars, while still in the baking dish
  9. let cool completely, then slice into bars

Notes: This recipe has a moist, but fairly light texture, like good gingerbread. If you don't use air conditioning in the summer, and it's humid, you may want to refrigerate them to get the glaze to set; otherwise, it stays a bit sticky.

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