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Apple Pie Bars

  • on January 19, 2009
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Ingrients & Directions


-JUDI M. PHELPS

CRUMB TOPPING
3/4 c All-purpose flour; unsifted
1/3 c Sugar
5 tb Butter

BARS
2 c Plus 3 T. all-purpose flour;
-unsifted
1/4 ts Salt
3/4 c Butter (1-1/2 sticks);
-softened
1/2 c Sugar
1 lg Egg; lightly beaten
1 ts Vanilla extract
1 c Cheddar cheese; grated
1 ts Lemon rind; grated
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 ts Ground nutmeg
5 c Assorted apples; peeled,
-cored, and grated
1 tb Fresh lemon juice

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Prepare Crumb Topping; set aside. In small bowl, combine 2 cups
flour and the salt; set aside. In large bowl, with electric mixer on
medium speed, beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar until combined. Add egg
and beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until soft dough forms.
With fingers, press dough evenly into greased pan.

In large bowl, combine cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 3
tablespoons flour, the lemon rind, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold in
apples and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture over dough in pan.
Sprinkle Crumb Topping evenly over apple mixture.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on wire
rack–at least 40 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then cut
into bars.

CRUMB TOPPING: In medium-size bowl, combine 3/4 cup unsifted
all-purpose flour and 1/3 cup sugar. With pastry blender or 2
knives, cut in 5 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse
crumbs.

Yields
16 Bars

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