Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Favorite Fall Recipe Of the Year, Apple Orchard Bars

This recipe comes from ( Believe it or not) a series of murder mystery books I have been reading, by Joanne Fluke. This is an amazing fall recipe and as a bonus, it makes the whole house smell wonderful.

Apple Orchard Bars

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F., rack in the middle position.
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 beaten eggs (you can beat them up with a fork)
1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)
1 cup peeled chopped apple ( I used 2 Large Gala apples almost 2 cups)
2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups flour (not sifted)

 * I chopped my apples in a food processor. You can also shred them or just dice them up really small*

Melt butter, add the sugars, and stir. Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and beaten eggs. Mix well. Then add chopped apple and 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut. (Reserve 1/2 cup for on top.) Add the flour and mix it all thoroughly. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Spoon the dough in and smooth it with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup coconut you reserved evenly on top ( press it down a little so it sticks after it's baked). Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes, or until slightly browned on top. Let cool and cut into bars like brownies.
I think this would be good with a caramel sauce on it but it's great all by itself.

Note: Not sure why this is considered a "bar" it bakes up more like a cake or muffin.

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