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Apple Squares

Posted by Denise on October 4, 2011

apple squares on colorful plate 

Flaky crust, moist apple filling, Apple Squares are some of my favorites!

 

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The good news is that to my knowledge, no one has ever said what form the apple had to be in. I choose Apple Squares! J

Apple Squares are one of my very favorite desserts. When I was a child I could hardly wait for Mom to pull these out of the oven when she made them. The scent of apple and cinnamon floating through the house…my mouth waters just thinking about it. And the taste…well, let’s just say that these little babies are dangerous to have around if you are dieting. You won’t be able to stop eating them!

Apple Squares are slightly different from an apple pie, representing the best of both pie and bars. Moist cinnamon sprinkled apple slices are encased between two flaky crusts and topped with a drizzle of vanilla flavored icing. Yum! Gotcha, didn’t I?

I used to feel a little like a mouse when Apple Squares were in the house. Mom would bake a batch and set the pan on the kitchen counter. My sisters and I would have a large Mom-sanctioned slice, then we would sneak back into the kitchen like little mice and slice off another sliver of square here and there, nibbling away at it all of the rest of the day. I don’t think any pan of Apple Squares ever lasted longer than 24 hours at our house. Mom never seemed to mind though. She would wait a few weeks and have us help make another batch.

You will want to use a sheet pan with low sides, such as a jelly roll pan, because as the apples bake the most delicious, sticky juice will ooze out and will make you miserable when you have to clean up the mess it would make in your oven. Captured in the pan, however, the juices firm up in the corners and are munch-worthy when you have snarfed down the rest of the Apple Squares!

I took a large plate of these to work and asked my co-workers to comment on a sheet of paper I put next to the plate. Unanimously, it was a huge hit.  I mean, HUGE! They wanted to know when I was going to make more. One of my not-too-subtle peers took a bite, closed his eyes in bliss, and said, “Wow, these are great!”. The next thing he said was, “They taste so much better than they look!” ;-)  Ok, so they may not win beauty contests, looking fairly rustic, but one bite and you won’t care a bit.

 

 

 

Apple Squares

Makes 24 medium squares

 

 

 

apple squares ingredients 

Don't let the number of ingredients scare you, these go together easily.

 

 

 

Ingredients

For the crust:

2-1/2     Cups all purpose flour

1            Cup shortening

1-1/2     Tablespoon sugar

1            Egg, separated, saving the white, too

½          Scant cup (explanation later in directions) milk

 

 

For the filling:

2            Handfuls of flake cereal, use plain flakes such as Corn Flakes, Special K (not sugar coated cereal)

5-7        Firm apples, such as Granny Smith or other baking apple, peeled
              and cut into chunks

1            Cup sugar

1            teaspoon cinnamon

 

 

For the icing:

¾          Cup powdered sugar

          Tablespoon milk

½          teaspoon vanilla

 

 

 

 

Instructions

 

1.     Preheat oven to 400 F.

 

2.    Mix together the flour, shortening, sugar, and salt. Put egg yolk in a measuring cup, beat it, then add enough milk to the egg yolk to make ½ cup of liquid. Add to the flour mixture and stir together.

 

egg yolk in measuring cup

 

egg yolk and milk in measuring cut 

 

 

3.    Roll out half of the dough until it will cover the bottom of a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. I use a piece of waxed paper to roll it out on. It comes off easily when turned over into the pan. I wet the counter slightly to keep the waxed paper in place while rolling.

apple squares dough in pan 

 

4.     Put 2 handfuls of cereal flakes over the dough. Place the sliced apples over the dough. Spread sugar and cinnamon over the fruit.

 

apple squares corn flakes on dough

 

cutting apples for apple squares

 

sugar and cinnamon over apple pieces for apple squares

 

 

 

5.     Roll out rest of dough and cover the fruit with it.

 

 wax paper makes easy work of apple squares crust

second crust on apple squares

 

 

 

6.      Bake for 30 minutes. Beat the egg whites until fluffy and spread over the top of the dough. Return to oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

 

egg wash on crust

 

 

 

 

7.     Mix the icing ingredients together. Drizzle over the top of the Apple Squares while still warm. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares and EAT!

 

iced apple squares in pan





 

apple squares on brown plate

 

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