Yesterday was the first night we officially entertained for dinner since we’ve been in this house. Can you believe it’s been two months already?! True, we’ve had a Back-to-School party, had houseguests for a weekend and a few movie nights and similarly casual get-togethers, but nothing formal sitting down at the dining room table. Since it was a weeknight, I wanted to keep the menu super simple and went with a new roast chicken recipe from one of Paula Deen’s sons, the savory vegetable patties from a few weeks ago, roasted asparagus and dessert. What about dessert?
I had half a bag of apples on the counter, left from a recent apple-picking adventure, and they were begging to be used. While catching up on one of my favorite non-food blogs, I found the answer. Glazed Apple Bars from Meg. I had everything I needed on hand, and they were uber-easy to make. One of the people that Meg served them to commented that they tasted like eating apple pie with your hands. I totally agree. They are a perfect way to celebrate the Fall season and a simple ending for a nice meal. They are crispy and crumbly, with a little bit of sweetness from the soft apples. I served them on a platter alongside vanilla bean ice cream. Once they found their way into my bowl, I drizzled a little caramel syrup on top. Pure heaven. Whether you eat them alone or with ice cream, you’ll find yourself making these again and again and again. And I wouldn’t blame you one little bit.
Glazed Apple Bars
Recipe courtesy of Meg
4 cups flour
2-1/3 cups sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (I used a few more to fill up the pan)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine flour, 2 cups of sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Take half of this mixture and pat it gently into a jelly roll pan. Top crumbly mixture with peeled, sliced apples in rows. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples. Crumble remaining flour mixture on top of the apples. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. Cool before drizzling the glaze over the top. Cut into squares to serve.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water (I used a bit more to get the right consistency)
Stir until combined. Pour over apple bars.