Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: The Apple Bar Saga

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Apple Bar Saga


Sometimes you have the best intentions for something, and then out of left field, something comes and ruins your plans.

That happened to me on Monday.

Let me start by saying we have two very sweet dogs. Duke, our black lab, whose always been the crazier of the two, loves to lick everything in sight, but is the first to cuddle and snuggle if given the chance. Kata, our golden retriever, is a bit older than Duke, but acts about 85. We call her Grandma, as she sometimes has a crotchety attitude, and would just rather be left alone. At the same time, she is very obedient and just an all around great dog.

Except for her sweet tooth.

I can now count two times where she has "stolen" something off the counter or stove. Way back when my husband and I were just dating and living in a one bedroom apartment she ate four frozen chicken breasts off the counter that we were thawing. You've got to give her credit though, she always carefully removes the plastic wrap covering it, because of course she knows she can't eat that.

So, when the little man and I came home from a SHORT walk to the post office and back (and by short, I mean 3 blocks), and I noticed plastic wrap on the kitchen floor, my heart dropped.

This is what I found:


Yep, she ate the whole pan. I will not even tell you how pissed I was. But, then I look in the corner and there she is hiding, cowering, eyes closed, just scared beyond belief. Needless, to say she knew what she did and was sent to spend the rest of the day in the laundry room.

But, after all that drama we did have a few pieces to eat and they were great! You need to make this recipe if you have a lot of apples to use up. You can easily cut these into bars and freeze half the pan, as they taste great even a month later.

But, keep your dogs away, if they like sweets.

Apple Bars
2 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. Crisco
1 egg, separated
milk
5 c. peeled, sliced apples
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2/3 c. crushed corn flakes

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Cut in Crisco. Put egg in cup and beat. Add enough milk to make 2/3 cup. Add to flour mixture and mix just enough so dough shapes into 2 balls. May refrigerate if needed. Roll out on floured board. Transfer first layer to a 9x13 baking sheet. Cover with corn flakes, then apples, then sugar/cinnamon mixture.


Roll out other crust and place over apples. Pinch edges together. Beat egg white until stiff and brush over the crust. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Drizzle glaze on top (mix 1 c. powdered sugar with 2 T. lemon juice). Serves 16-20 and freezes well!

14 comments:

  1. I feel your pain...ouch!! But the bars....they look so good....can you blame her? :)

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  2. Ah ha ha! How dull would our lives be without dogs, right? Our chocolate lab, Diesel, has only stolen a cookie and some steak off the counter. But he did jump up and grab a twice baked potato out of my hubby's hand once. These bars look delish!

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  3. my aunt's dogs steal bananas...and perfectly peel them. they also get into her LOCKED trash can. but they look really good!

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  4. I can see why she couldn't resist them! They look delicious!

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  5. Omg, your apple bars sound fabulous!! :)

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  6. The bars look pretty!! They look like toaster strudels :-)

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  7. awww!! my childhood dog used to eat everything she could get her paws on. I know how it is! those bars look incredible, though

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  8. Oh no!! That's awful - at least you got a tiny bite, but I would have been pissed too.

    I had a neighbor come by and borrow a pound of butter, she said she bought some, was putting away the groceries and it just disappeared.

    Until the next day when she saw her dog crap out butter wrappers - he ate a whole pound of butter!

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  9. sounds like a good breakfast "bar" ...would like to make this over the weekend!

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  10. The bars look pretty!! They look like toaster strudels :-)

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  11. Omg, your apple bars sound fabulous!! :)

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  12. my aunt's dogs steal bananas...and perfectly peel them. they also get into her LOCKED trash can. but they look really good!

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  13. I feel your pain...ouch!! But the bars....they look so good....can you blame her? :)

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  14. My mom makes something just like this, too! Apple slices, she calls them. I basically did what your dog did whenever I found them on the counter as a kid... Thanks for reminding me of this recipe. I;m going to check because I think it was pretty similar!

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