My friend Jen introduced me to this Family Fun recipe for Apple Pie Bars. They are divine. I accept no responsibility for how many you eat!!
My dad is coming over tomorrow morning and I decided that he deserves a special treat- plus its my husband’s birthday tomorrow (18th) and so does he…so I’m making these right now:
Apple Pie Bars
FOR THE CRUST:
2-1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
Milk (about 2/3 cup)
FOR THE FILLING:
1-3/4 cups cornflakes
8 cups peeled and sliced cooking apples (see first tip below)
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
FOR THE TOPPINGS:
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly. Separate the egg yolk and white, reserving both parts. Beat the yolk in a liquid measuring cup, then add enough milk to measure 2/3 cup and blend well. With a fork, stir together the yolk-milk mixture and flour mixture until the ingredients form a sticky dough. Halve the dough and flatten each half into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Cover the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate them until well chilled, at least 30 minutes
2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the cornflakes into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to lightly crush them.
3. On a sheet of waxed paper, roll one portion of dough into a 15-1/2- by 10-1/2-inch rectangle. Transfer the dough to an ungreased 15- by 10-inch jelly roll pan. Sprinkle the crushed cereal over the dough, then layer on the apple slices.
4. Roll out the remaining dough as in Step 3. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the filling. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, then lay the dough on top. Use the tines of a fork to seal the dough edges.
5. In a small bowl, use a fork to beat the reserved egg white until foamy, then brush it over the dough. In another small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and sprinkle it on the crust.
6. Bake the pastry until lightly browned, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let it cool for an hour, then mix the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to make a glaze and drizzle it over the top. When the dish has completely cooled, cut it into bars and serve.
Now, I am going to share what some may consider a lazy secret, but in my eyes its the safe route- you can buy pie crust (no, its not AS good, but if you are not confident in your dough making skillz (me) then bought crust saves the day!!) and save a ton of time and be guaranteed to have your crust be, well, crust. If you know me, you know I have success or huge failure in the kitchen. The folks at the local pizza shop always know when I’ve had a failure. True story. The time the grill lit on fire…and then the next time the grill lit on fire…and the chicken that just wouldn’t cook…
These bars are like little handheld apple pies. Divine. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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