Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Recipe: Apple Streusel Bars

As I was drooling over all of the yumminess on Foodgawker.com, I happened upon a scrumptious looking recipe for Apple Streusel Bars. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE apple desserts (like Apple Dumplings from Pioneer Woman--I guarantee they are like nothing you've ever had, and they are A-MA-ZING!!!!), so I thought I'd give this recipe a try.

The recipe is from Lovin' From the Oven.

Apple Streusel Bars

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. real butter, softened (no substitutions!)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (I used about 2 teaspoons.. I LOVE cinnamon)
  • 4 c. (about 3 medium) sliced, peeled baking apples (I used 2 BIG Fuji apples)
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • About 3 Tbsp. milk (whole milk is best)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract (I used vanilla extract)
To prepare crust, mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until you have pea-sized crumbles. Gently mix in beaten egg.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish
(I used a 9x9) with non-stick cooking spray. Gently pat about 2/3 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the dish. Preheat oven to 350 and set aside.
To prepare apple filling, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Toss with apples and spread apples out on prepared crust. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over apples evenly and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes
(mine took just less than 50 minutes). When finished, allow to cool completely.

To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Place glaze in a Ziploc bag and cut off a very small portion of one of the corners. Drizzle glaze over cooled pastry and allow to harden (you can place it in the freezer to hurry things along). Cut into bars and serve.

And the verdict is: My family LOVED them and I will DEFINITELY make them again!

Happy cooking! (Because I know you'll want to try these!)

Mama Bear

1 comment:

  1. OMG! That looks and sounds AMAZING! I know what I will be making tomorrow for dessert hehe. Thanks for sharing!