Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mmmmm...Apple Streusel Bars

What a great lazy, rainy Sunday. Ken and I did something we seldom do; we actually slept in. Seems like we always make a big noise on Friday about how we're glad it's finally the weekend and we're sleeping in and then Saturday morning at 5:30 or 6:00 we're wide awake and getting up to make coffee.

But this morning, we actually stayed in bed until 8:30. It felt amazing. Yesterday we spent several hours hauling trash and trying to get things cleaned up outside before the rain hit again, so it was nice to take this day and just hang out. And the fact that it was pouring buckets and we couldn't work outside if we wanted to made staying in a no-brainer.

A day like this called for something wonderful baking in the oven, and since I had a big bowl of  Granny Smith apples that needed to be used, I thought that some Apple Struedel Bars would be perfect.

What You'll Need

Sweet Pastry

2 cups flour (or gluten free flour blend)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tea. baking powder
1 cup butter softened
1 egg, beaten

Filling

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup flour (or gluten free flour blend)
3 tea. cinnamon
4 Granny Smith (or other) apples, peeled,cored and sliced

Glaze

2 cups powered sugar
3 tbs. whole milk
1 tea. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, wisk together flour, sugar and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it's in pea sized pieces. Gently fold in the beaten egg.


Spray the bottom and sides of an 9x13 pan. Spread 2/3 (the other 1/3 becomes your topping) of the crumb mixture in the pan and gently press to form a crust...


In a separate bowl mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add the peeled and sliced apples and mix until well coated.


Spread the apples over the top of the pressed crust. Sprinkle with the rest of the crumb mixture...


Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Talk about filling your house with a comforting aroma! Remove from oven and mix your glaze while it cools. I just used a spoon and drizzled the glaze over the top. So good it's sinful...


Even better with a good cup of my favorite comfort tea. Even though not much got done today, I feel like it was productive enough for a March Sunday. It's back to work tomorrow. It's not that I don't like my job and I work with a great group of people, but boy if I wouldn't love to get paid to stay home and  bake and blog and pet my spoiled little dogs all day!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,


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