Saturday, September 13, 2008

Apple Crumble Bars

These bars make a delicious and easy alternative to apple pie. It combines two of my favorite food which is apple and the crumble topping. It is an ultimate comfort food served with a scoop of ice cream. You can used any kind of apple for this bars.

Base:
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter - room temperature
2 tbsp of sugar
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp of salt

Topping:
4 apples
5 tbsp of sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp of fruit jam (I used homemade plum jam)

Crumble :
1/2 cup flour
3 tbsp of sugar
4 tbsp butter - softened

1. Peel, core and coarsely dice apples. In a large skillet, combine apples, sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until apples are tender but still firm. In a small cup, combine cornstarch and lemon juice.
2. Add to the apple and stirring constantly for 3 minutes or until thickened. Dish out and set aside to cool.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8" x 8" square pan and line the bottom with parchment paper leaving an overhang on both side (for easy removing your bars later)
4. In a medium bowl, combined flour, sugar and salt. Mix well. Rub in butter to the flour until its crumbly and resemble breadcrumbs. Press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven.
5. Spread the jam evenly on the base while it's still hot and top it with the cooked apple.
6. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the crumble. Mix until well combined and crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool. Cut into squares and serve.

19 comments:

Jackson said...

wwooooo.... this one looks really good! Perfect to go with coffee!

Zue Murphy said...

Gert, please get your award from my recipe blog.

Retno Prihadana said...

Gert, kita sehati..I´ve just made apple pie for iftar. Ahh..next time I´ll add cinnamon too like yours.

VG said...

They look great. I can taste it in my mouth. As jackson said, perfect with coffee or in my case, a good cup of indian chai!

noobcook said...

found u thru LCOM ;) I found another food blogger who can bake well hehe

tigerfish said...

Certainly!
With ice cream pls :)

Yatie_T said...

Gert,
it looks delicious. Another recipe; Your apam balik.... can I save the left over apam balik? How do I heat the apam balik? Oven? Toaster? Or frying pan?

Cat Cat said...

Gert,
Apple Crumble goes well with a cup of hot tea, kan...???

Little Corner of Mine said...

YUMMY YUM YUM!

mikky said...

will try your version soon... :)

FAMILY FIRST said...

May i know how to rub in the butter till it turns crumbly? What does it mean by rub in? Thanks for your guidance.

ICook4Fun said...

Jackson, thanks for stopping by.

Zue, thanks.

Retno, great mind thinks alike :)

VG, you like chai tea? Not sure why I never have the liking for it :)

Noobcook, thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you often :)

Tigerfish, didn't see you for some time. How are you doing?

Yatie, I just put the leftovers in the fridge and warm it up in the microwave the next day but it will not be crispy anymore that is why I always make just enough for us to finish it the same day :) Maybe you can try toasting it in the small oven.

Cat, when are you coming over for a cup of tea?

LCOM, yum yum indeed :)

Mikky, hope you like this verson.

Family first, it means just mix the butter into the flour with your fingers until it look like coarse breadcrumbs. It's just like making pastry.

pingmouse said...

hey gert... so nice of you to stop by my blog. Haha.. just only started this blogging thing, so a bit "new". Love your pix. Very pro looking la ;)

ICook4Fun said...

Pingmouse, thanks you and welcome to the blogging world :)

Tami said...

My husband has been begging me to bake an apple pie, but since I'm not really experienced in making pies, I have been putting it off. I know that he will love these bars just as much as a pie. They look delicious! :)

mysweetestday said...

i gave these a shot and looooved them. they were enjoyed by everyone who tried them. thanks!

you can find my post [and pictures] here: http://mysweetestday.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/im-sensing-a-theme-here/

Anonymous said...

Hi Gert,

Can we subsitute the apples with dates (I dont like apples)? If so, would you know how to combine the dates into the mixture?

Thanks

ICook4Fun said...

Tami, hope you hubby like theses :)

Mysweetestday, glad you like it.

Anon, you can replace it with any fruits. Are you using fresh dates or dry one?

Kim said...

These look awesome! My mom makes a recipe that is similar. I will have to give them a try!

Kim