My mom is here for the weekend to give me a bit of a reprieve. The husband took an all guy hunting trip to North Dakota and is gone until Wednesday.
Just typing that gave me heart palpitations.
Two kids under the age of 4 are a LOT of work by yourself. Two little kids with a lot of energy between the two of them. Not that I can't handle it, but it sure is nice to have an extra hand for a couple of days.
And when my mom comes here, she usually is making things in the kitchen as well. She brought a yummy pasta casserole along for dinner one night, English muffin bread for breakfasts and all the ingredients to make her famous Apple Pie Bars.
We only seem to eat these in the fall when apples are in season. Thank god, as they are SO good, you find yourself grabbing piece after piece. It is basically apple pie but in bar form with a nice sweet drizzle of frosting on the top.
I actually prefer these bars to regular apple pie.
Apple Pie Bars
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. shortening
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 egg, separated
5 c. sliced, peeled apples
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2/3 c. crushed cornflakes
1 c. powdered sugar
2 T. lemon juice
1. Sift together flour, 1 T. sugar and salt.
2. Cut/blend in shortening.
3. Beat egg in a cup and add in enough milk to make this mixture 2/3 of a cup.
4. Add egg/milk mixture to the sifted flour mixture.
5. Combine into dough and form into two balls. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. Remove the dough from the fridge. On a floured surface roll out the first ball making it big enough to fit a 11x13 inch pan with sides. Lay onto the pan. Cover this first layer of dough with the crushed cornflakes.
8. Peel and thinly slice the apples. Layer evenly over the crushed cornflakes.
9. Sprinkle the apples with the 1 1/2 c. sugar and cinnamon mixture.
10. Roll out the second ball of dough, big enough to fit the pan and lay on top of the apples.
11. Pinch sides together and cut slits with a knife in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape.
12. Bake for 40 minutes.
13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
14. Mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the bars. Cut into slices to eat.
I delivered some of these bars to a good friend in town, placed some in the freezer and of course left some on the kitchen counter for us to eat.
Remember - the husband who eats all and anything is gone for 6 days.....so I had to give some away and freeze the rest!
Please tell me you'll make these?
And as you are making them or taking your first bite, you can say "I am thanking Ally from Iowa for these".