It's the weekend! It's also the end of August so I've been craving all the fall flavours and today I have the perfect recipe for both the beginning of fall and harvest - for those out in the field already or will be soon.
When my brother and dad were farming, my mom would make these Apple Bars every fall, without fail, for the field. They're almost like apple pie but a little easier to make and enjoy in the field. As my mom says: "nothing tastes better than apple bar when the leaves start to change colour."
Serves: 12 pieces
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30-40 min
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup milk
1 egg, separated (keep both parts)
8 cups (or 3 1/2 apples), peeled and sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
In a medium bowl or mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, 1 tbsp of the sugar, milk, an egg yolk, and butter. Once combined into a crust dough, Place not a floured surface. Split the dough into two equal halves and roll the first one out. Be sure to keep adding flour the thinner it gets so it doesn't get too sticky.
Grab a 9 x 13-inch pan (a shallow one like a broiler pan or small baking pan is preferred). Roll out the dough large enough to cover the bottom and gently place it onto the pan. Tuck the dough into the corners. In a medium bowl,
Mix the remaining sugar (except for one tbsp) and combine with the slice apples. Place the apples into the bottom layer of the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and an extra tbsp of butter if desired.
Roll out the other half of the dough into a slightly large top layer. Once done, place on top of the apples and tuck the dough into the crust and press together to seal it.
Cut a few slices in the top like you would with a pie to let breathe. Use the egg whites to brush on top as an egg wash. Sprinkle that remaining tbsp of sugar on top.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven. Bake until the crust is golden.
Like I said, this is the perfect dessert recipe for those making harvest suppers. Of course, it's even better with ice cream but is also good as is.
My Gran shared this recipe with my mom and I have been enjoying this every fall since I can remember. I've never really been on the harvesting end of harvest but I know that those in the harvest crew look forward to supper every day that they're out on the field, especially if they get to stop and come to the house or just have a sit in the field for a break and visit.
Of course, if you're the one providing those suppers, you want to make that meal as enjoyable and tasty as possible. Our farmers deserve the best; they never get nearly enough praise for the hard work they do to feed the world. This recipe is a good place to start to show your appreciation :)
Thanks for checking out this post! I hope you get a chance to try this recipe out and let me know how it goes! This one is a fun one and a perfect way to get you in the mood for fall.
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Have a great rest of your weekend!