We have a lovely farmer’s market a few blocks away from our house, so we’ve made it part of our weekend routine to stop by and pick up a few local produce items each week. Over the past month, apples have been one of my weekly selections. I absolutely love apples just as they are for a mid afternoon snack, but baking with apples is one of my favorite things this time of year. Sometimes I am in the mood for an involved recipe, but other times it’s nice to have something that is quick and easy to put together. That’s where this recipe comes in! With just a handful of ingredients, this is without a doubt one of my new favorite Fall desserts!
Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. They also contain a variety of antioxidants and phytonutrients including Vitamin C and flavinoids which help support our immune system and may help protect us against several types of cancer.
These bars are a fun and unique way to enjoy the bounty of apples available this time of year. They are delicious warm, room temp, or straight from the refrigerator. If you are still looking for a dessert option for Thanksgiving you need to give these a try!
- 3 medium apples, such as gala or pink lady, peeled and thinly sliced
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 Tablespoons 2% milk, at room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly butter or grease the inside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and salt. Whisk for a few minutes until the eggs are pale and the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the vanilla, then the milk and then the melted butter.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.
- Now gently fold in the apples until all of the slices are all coated with the custard mixture.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing into an even layer.
- Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 15 minutes.
- Use the parchment to lift the bars out of the pan. Slice into squares and serve.