Every day, when I find the time, I sit down and look at the list of blogs that I follow, scouting for any interesting recipes to add to my "must-bake" list. In 9 out of 10 blogs, a recipe will usually catch my eye. And 9 out of 10 times, I won't have one or more of the ingredients listed. Well yesterday, my luck changed.
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you...Apple Streusel Bars.
I've always loved apples. Apple juice. Apple pie. Green apple AirHeads. So it came as no surprise that I would end up loving these bars as well. They tasted as heavenly as they looked, possibly even better. This recipe is definitely a keeper in my book.
Apple Streusel Bars
Ingredients:For the pastry crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup real butter, softened (no substitutions!)
1 egg, beaten
For the apple filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups(about 3 medium) sliced, peeled baking apples (I used 4 Macintosh apples)
For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
About 3 tablespoons milk (whole milk is best)
1 teaspoon almond extract (I used vanilla extract)
To prepare crust, mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until you have pea-sized crumbles. Gently mix in beaten egg.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish (I used a 9x9) with non-stick cooking spray. Gently pat about 2/3 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the dish. Preheat oven to 350 and set aside.
To prepare apple filling, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Toss with apples and spread apples out on prepared crust. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over apples evenly and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes (mine took just less than 50 minutes). When finished, allow to cool completely.
To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Place glaze in a Ziploc bag and cut off a very small portion of one of the corners. Drizzle glaze over cooled pastry and allow to harden (you can place it in the freezer to hurry things along). Cut into bars and serve.
Adapted from Lovin' from the Oven