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Two Sisters, Serial #10 and Apple Pie Bars

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Everyone loves apple pie, right? Well, most everyone–there may be one or two people out there that don’t like it.

But perhaps those who don’t like it feel that way because the crust is too hard to make or too flaky or too doughy, or the filling is runny and that makes it hard to cut and serve and eat.

Well, here at Reading and Recipes, we want everyone to be happy. And what better way to start than to come up with an apple pie recipe that is easy to make, easy to serve, easy to eat, and easy to store. Enter (drum roll, please) Apple Pie Bars!

With the start of fall just around the corner, fresh-picked apples are starting to flood the farmer’s markets and the grocery stores. And it’s time to incorporate this wonderful year-round fruit that is perfectly suited for fall into our menus.

So why not start with these Apple Pie Bars? Whether you’re an apple-pie fanatic or one of those rare apple-pie avoiders, we think this recipe is well-timed and right up your alley. So give it a try to see what you think.

Oh, and Happy Fall! (Or Happy Spring to our Southern Hemisphere followers. You’ll like these Apple Pie Bars too–spring or fall!)

apple pie bars

Apple Pie Bars

For the crust:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

For the filling:

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons light brown sugar

2 firm apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (such as Granny Smith)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the topping:

1/2 cup oats

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold

sauteed apples

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 5×7 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Make the crust by beating together the butter and granulated sugar. Once this mixture is well combined and fluffy, slowly mix in the flour and salt until all of the ingredients come together. Press this mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake the crust in preheated oven for 13-16 minutes, or until the crust starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

While the crust is baking, make the filling by adding the butter and brown sugar to a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and mixed with the brown sugar, add the sliced apples and cinnamon. Continue to cook over medium heat until the apples are tender and caramelized, or about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the topping by combining the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the cold butter into this mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives until the butter is about the size of peas and mixed throughout.

Once all of the layers are prepared, assemble the bars by spreading the apple filling over top of the baked crust. Sprinkle the crumble on top of the apple layer, and gently press it into the apples. Bake the bars in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the topping turns golden brown. Remove the bars from the oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Makes 4-6 bars.

apple pie bar

{Adapted from My Baking Addiction}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #10 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #10, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #10, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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