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Apple crisp bars

I was asked to bring a dessert to a friend’s house and she requested something with fruit.  I normally make Pavlova but given it was apple season, I hunted for an interesting recipe and I found this one by Baker by Nature, Ashley Manila.

I love her desserts.  I kept most of the recipe the same aside from adding fresh lime juice rather than in her version which added lemon juice.

Apple crisp bars

I was asked to bring a dessert to a friend’s house and she requested something with fruit.  I normally make Pavlova but given it was apple season, I hunted for an interesting recipe and I found this one by Baker by Nature, Ashley Manila.

I love her desserts.  I kept most of the recipe the same aside from adding fresh lime juice rather than in her version which added lemon juice.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 10
shortbread crust
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar packed
2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
apple filling
8 cups apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
crumble topping
8 ounces salted butter, cut into cubes
1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
optional
plain Greek yoghurt or vanilla ice cream on the side of each slice
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Apple crisp bars
  • time
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • serves
    10
  • skill level
    Medium

Ingredients

  • shortbread crust

  • apple filling

  • crumble topping

  • optional

Directions

1
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing paper to overhang on two of the ends. Spray with non-stick baking spray and set aside.

2
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crust

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Lower the speed and add flour, mix until combined. The dough will be crumbly.

3
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Press dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 16 minutes. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack to cool as you prepare the filling. Keep oven temperature at 350.

4
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In a large bowl, combine apples and lemon juice and toss to coat.

5
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apple filling

Add in the cinnamon, flour, and sugar. Toss until apples are evenly coated.

6
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Arrange apples in an even layer on top of the partially baked crust.

7
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crumble

In a large bowl, combine the oats, both sugars, cinnamon, and flour.

8
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Add in the cubed butter and, using forks or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles a coarse meal.

9
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Using your hands, evenly sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.

10
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Place the pan in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the apples are bubbling.

11
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Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Cool for about 1 hour before serving.

12
Done

optional

Serve with a big dollop of fresh Greek yoghurt or vanilla ice cream.