After picking about a million apples last week (see here,) it’s time to start baking! I’m not a huge fan of cooking savory dishes with fruit, so I’m going to be eating quite a bit of sweets this month. After Googling all the possible apple recipes I could whip up, I came across this one by Sally that looked delicious- and easy! So, I decided to make my own version of it. I love the shortbread crust and will definitely be using it a lot more in my baking adventures. It’s the perfect combo of my two of my favorite things: butter and sugar. Combine that crust with almost anything and it’s guaranteed to be a winner! For these bars, I used a nice variety of sweet and tart apples- some Grannies and Empires. This is the first of many Fall desserts I’ll be indulging in, over these next few months– hope it is for you too 🙂 I’m all about the Fall flavors! Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon and spice… oh the possibilities!
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup butter, cold and cubed
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, white sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined and crumbly. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling and streusel.
- Make the apple filling: Combine the sliced apples, flour, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until all of the apples are coated.
- Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks- or your hands- until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350°F. Layer the apples on top of the warm crust. Layer them tightly and press them down to fit. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.
- Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).