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Apple Pie made much, much easier….

February 13, 2010

My Grandmother makes the best apple pie. This is not a discussion. This is a fact. She hand-picks the apples from her neighbor’s orchard, makes the dough from scratch, and grinds the cinnamon herself. It’s an art, and it tastes even better than it looks! She doesn’t have an actual recipe (the mark of a true Italian), so copying her talent is extremely difficult for me.

Fortunately, I discovered these bars at Beantown Baker…..they taste just like apple pie! If you, like me, are a sucker for appley-cinnamoney things, you have to try these ASAP!

Apple Pie Bars
(slightly adapted from Beantown Baker)
2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 peeled apples, cored and diced (about 2 cups) – I used one Fuji and one Braeburn
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray (I used my “Perfect Brownie Pan”, which was actually a little too small – it’s about 8×11″).

In a medium bowl combine your flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pie spice. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of stand mixer (or by hand), beat sugars and butter on a medium high setting until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.

Turn the mixer down to slow and fold in your flour mixture a little bit at a time until just combined. Fold in the apples by hand.

Spread the mixture evenly into your prepared pan and sprinkle the top generously with cinnamon sugar.

Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when the top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from the bars from the pan, cutting and serving. Bars will be very soft (and delicious!) 🙂

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 14, 2010 10:28 pm

    We really enjoyed these bars too. I’ve made them quite a few times!

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