Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quick and Easy

...and oh, so good.

Inspired by the fall-themed baking on The Farmhouse Kitchen, I whipped up a batch of Apple Squares. Think about the flavor of an apple cake with the texture of brownies.

I've had this recipe forever, found originally in a Woman's Day or Family Circle magazine. These were called bar cookies and get mixed in the saucepan that the butter is melted in. (No mixer to clean!)

It's 6:30 on the east coast, but there's still time to mix up a batch for TV viewing tonight. Yes, you probably have everything in the cupboard.

Apple Squares

makes 1 8x8" square pan
preheat oven to 350 degrees
grease one 8x8" square pan

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 teasp baking powder
1/4 teasp salt
1/4 teasp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teasp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pared cooking apples
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
Cinnamon-sugar for sprinkling

1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into bowl.

2. Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan over moderate heat. Remove from heat. Beat in sugars, egg and vanilla with a wooden spoon until smooth.

3. Stir in flour mixture, apple and nuts until thoroughly combined. Spread into a greased 8x8x2-inch pan. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture.

4. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched with fingertip. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.

Cinnamon-sugar: Combine approximately 1 Tablesp sugar with 1/8 teasp cinnamon.

It's been a rainy day here in New England, perfect for a cuppa tea and something sweet. Have a great evening!


MyStory of HiStory said...

What a "sweet" end to a lovely Fall weekend in New England. Those look scrumptious!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Good Morning ! I LOVE the apple squares...and I REALLY REALLY love that darling napkin...
About the pesto in the in all things frozen....the faster you use it up the better.....

Finally...feels like fall here in California. The heat broke and I told my fan good bye till next summer, dear friend.

I feel like baking snickerdoodles this afternoon. We are really into the Ken Burns special on PBS this week about the National is just beautiful...the cookies would go good as a snack tonight....

Might even build a fire in the woodstove.....

More later,

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi MyStory,
You had quite a weekend! Very busy! Very cool!

Hi Kary,
I thought you might like the napkin :) I found it at Goodwill this summer.
(It was just a prop for the picture, and was promptly put away.)

Ah, fall. It's not a normal fall here. Temps have finally cooled down but the leaves are still mostly green so I can't quite get into the swing of it.

Have a great evening, everyone!