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.
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 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!