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,
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.
Don't let the number of ingredients scare you, these go together
For the crust:
2-1/2 Cups all
Egg, separated, saving
the white, too
Scant cup (explanation later in
For the filling:
2 Handfuls of
flake cereal, use plain flakes such as Corn Flakes, Special K (not sugar coated
5-7 Firm apples, such as Granny Smith or other baking
and cut into
For the icing:
Cup powdered sugar
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.
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
4. Put 2 handfuls of cereal flakes over the dough. Place
the sliced apples over the dough. Spread sugar and cinnamon over the fruit.
5. Roll out rest of dough and cover the fruit with
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
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