Sunday, July 8, 2007

Applesauce Spice Bars

This recipe comes from Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. It is easy to assemble. The only thing I think the next time I make them I would add more cinnamon and a bit more allspice. I also made my own applesauce, which I add cinnamon to.


1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup(packed) brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 tbsp. rum
1 baking apple, finely diced or chopped
1/2 cup plump, moist raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans, (optional)

Preheat Oven to 350 °. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, dust inside with flour. Tap out excess flour and put the pan on a baking sheet.


In medium bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt, whisk these together.

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir with a whisk until it is melted and mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.

Still working in saucepan, whisk in eggs one at a time, mixing until well blended. Add applesauce, vanilla, and rum. Whisk these ingredients until well blended and smooth. With a rubber spatula gently stir in dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear. Then mix in chopped apple, raisins and nuts. Scrap the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula.

Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until bars just start to pull away from the baking pan and a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Transfer pan to cooling rack. While bars are cooling prepare glaze.


2 1/2 tbsp. heavy cream
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla

In small saucepan combine above ingredients and cook until combined. I boiled this a bit until it looses some of the liquid. Then let it simmer until the cake cooled. Then pour glaze over cake spread with spatula and put in frig. to set. When set cut into squares and store in covered container in frig. It does say in the recipe they will store at room temperature for 3 days.


Julie said...

Those look very good, I haven't had a spice bar in years.

Hendria said...

Hi Julie
Thank you for your comment. They are good but as I said I would add more spice in them next time.


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