Glazed Apple Pie Bars

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|by Erica

Hey there! Today, I’m going to walk you through a delicious recipe for Glazed Apple Pie Bars. These sweet treats combine all the flavors of a classic apple pie into a convenient and portable bar form. Trust me, they’re as tasty as they sound!

Glazed Apple Pie Bars

Apple pie bars offer the same warm, cinnamon-spiced apple flavor as traditional apple pies but in a more convenient form. They are easier to serve and transport, making them ideal for gatherings. Plus, the addition of a sweet glaze elevates the humble apple pie to a new level of deliciousness.

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

Crust

  • Flour: 2 1/2 cups
  • Sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Shortening: 1 cup
  • Eggs: 2, separated
  • Milk: 1/2 cup

Filling

  • Corn Flakes Cereal: 2 cups
  • Apples: 10, peeled and sliced
  • Sugar: 1 1/2 cups
  • Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon

Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar: 1 cup
  • Water: 3 teaspoons

Instructions for Making Glazed Apple Pie Bars

Preheat Oven: Set to 350°F.

Prepare Crust: Sift flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Add shortening and cut into the flour using a pastry knife. Place egg yolks in a 2/3 cup measuring cup, fill the remainder of the cup with milk, and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Split the dough in half and roll out each piece into a rectangle large enough to cover a 10×15 rimmed cookie sheet.

Assemble: Cover the cookie sheet with one rectangle of dough. Sprinkle corn flakes over the crust. In a separate bowl, combine sliced apples, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and cinnamon. Coat apples well and place on top of the corn flake layer. Place the other rectangle of dough over the apples and pinch the crust together on the edges.

Egg Wash: Beat egg whites until frothy and spread over the top crust.

Bake: Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.

Prepare Glaze: Whisk together glaze ingredients in a small bowl.

Finish: Remove the baked bars from the oven and drizzle frosting over the hot crust. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Tips for Perfecting Glazed Apple Pie Bars

Choosing the Right Apples: Select apples that are firm and have a good balance of tartness and sweetness. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Braeburn are excellent choices for their texture and flavor.

Slicing Apples Consistently: Ensure your apple slices are uniform in thickness. This promotes even cooking and ensures every bite has the perfect texture.

Preventing a Soggy Bottom: The addition of corn flakes beneath the apple layer is a clever way to absorb excess moisture from the apples. This helps in keeping the bottom crust crisp.

Rolling the Dough: Aim for a crust that is neither too thick nor too thin. A consistent thickness will ensure even baking and a perfect crust-to-filling ratio.

Egg Wash for Shine: Brush the top crust with beaten egg whites for a glossy finish and a slightly crispier top.

Baking Temperature and Time: Bake the bars at the recommended temperature and time. Keep an eye on them towards the end to prevent over-browning.

Cooling Before Glazing: Allow the bars to cool to room temperature before adding the glaze. This prevents the glaze from melting and ensures it sets properly.

Cutting Bars: Use a sharp knife and clean it between cuts for neat, even bars.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different type of fruit for these bars? A: Absolutely! While apples are traditional, you can experiment with pears, peaches, or a mix of berries. Just keep in mind the moisture content and adjust accordingly.

Q: How do I store the apple pie bars? A: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze them.

Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Just let it sit at room temperature for a bit before rolling it out.

Q: What if I don’t have corn flakes for the recipe? A: You can substitute corn flakes with another similar cereal or even a layer of breadcrumbs to help absorb the moisture.

Q: Can I freeze the apple pie bars? A: Yes, these bars freeze well. Wrap them tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator before serving.

Q: How do I know when the bars are done baking? A: The bars are done when the crust is golden brown, and the filling is bubbly. Inserting a toothpick in the center should come out clean.

Q: Can I use store-bought crust for this recipe? A: While homemade crust is recommended for the best flavor, you can use a store-bought crust as a time-saving alternative.

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    Hi there! I’m Erica,

    A highly passionate individual with a deep love for creating delicious and creative recipes that are perfect for any occasion. With an extensive background in the culinary arts and a strong flair for experimentation, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional cooking and deliver exceptional dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also ignite a sense of culinary adventure.

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