Do you love the chill in the air, the change of color? All reminders that it is apple harvest time! This recipe will remind you of apple pie, but in dessert bar form. Layers of a buttery crust, spiced apples and a lightly sweet topping. Let the aroma fill your kitchen!
Apple Harvest Bars
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 2/3 cup sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 2-3 large apples)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan.
In a food processor, add flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt, pulsate once to combine. Add butter and pulse a few times until the mixture turns to dry crumbs. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
In a medium bowl, toss the sliced apples in lemon juice. Arrange the apples slices in rows on top of the crust.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the layer of apples. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the coconut, egg, condensed milk, vanilla and pecans in a medium bowl. Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the coconut mixture evenly over the layer of apples. Bake for an additional 20 minutes until the coconut is golden brown.
Slightly cool in pan and cut into bars while still warm.
The aroma of apple pie fills the house!
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Happy Halloween! It was a fun and festive day to spite it raining…all….day…long! A backup plan was needed just in case we couldn’t go trick-or-treating. I wanted to make a quick festive treat that my kids could enjoy if they weren’t going to bring home a huge bag full of treats. There was only one hour until the school bus would arrive home.
My preference is to bake from scratch, but I usually keep a couple of box mixes in my pantry for a spur of the moment dessert. I found a box of brownie mix and placed the brownie batter in a mini-muffin tin to make brownie bites.
While they were baking in the oven – I whipped up a white glaze using 1 cup of confectioners sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of water. Once the brownie bites were slightly cooled, pipe a dot in the middle surrounded by two circles. Then using a toothpick, pull the glaze from the center to the outer circle. This formed cute little spider webs.
But wait…the sun poked out of the clouds for just a few minutes to produce the most beautiful rainbow! It soon got ominous out again, but we were able to make it around the block to trick-or-treat. Then came home to a yummy treat!
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!!