These were a hit for apple pie lovers and haters alike, and paired unbelievably as you can imagine with ice cream. I’m not sure if it was that the apples were in a thin enough layer, or there just was enough delicious shortbread and streusel to distract me, but I may be slowly starting to like the idea of warm fruit. It could also be the fact that I opted to use some brown sugar instead of just granulated, and doubled the cinnamon in the recipe — anything overloaded with cinnamon is good with me.
These bars were easy to put together, used up some of the 20,983 apples I had in the house, and were really, really delicious. It’s a nice, easy alternative to apple pie, even if you love apple pie, so I highly recommend you try it out while the produce section and orchards are still brimming with apples. I used Golden Delicious in this recipe, which is generally a good apple to bake with since it’s a tart variety, but use whatever you have on hand. I don’t particularly like Golden Delicious apples raw, so they were a great choice for me to slather with sugar and cinnamon. Mmmm, tastes like fall!
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
Adapted from My Kitchen Snippets
For the topping:
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp fruit jam
For the base:
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1-1/3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
For the streusel:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
- Peel, core, and thinly slice apples
- In a large skillet, combine apples, sugars, and cinnamon, and cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until apples are tender but still firm.
- While apples are cooking, combine cornstarch and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the skillet and stir constantly for 3 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 with parchment paper so that there is an overhang for easy removal, and grease liberally
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, and salt. Cut butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter or 2 forks until it reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs
- Press into the bottom of the pan, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly brown around the edges
- Remove from oven and spread jam evenly while it’s still hot. Arrange cooked apples on top so there is an even layer.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow bars to cool before cutting, then you can reheat them for a few minutes before serving with a generous heap of vanilla ice cream :)
Recipe yields about 12 bars
PS – I apologize for no tasty Halloween treats this week to inspire your for the upcoming holiday weekend, but it’s been super busy around here and I sadly I haven’t gotten a chance to make something distinctly Halloween-y. But check out my post from last year: Happy Halloween!