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Apple Pie for the Whole Weekend
 

We just went down to Kansas to visit some relatives, including a great grandma who is 92 years old! I wanted to bring a treat that could feed 15 people, that could be made ahead, and that could withstand an 8-hour drive in the car. Apple pie is a family favorite this time of year, but making several pies and bringing them in the car didn't make sense -- until I came across a recipe for Glazed Apple Pie Bars.

This recipe serves 36 and is basically a flat apple pie baked in a 15 x1 inch pan. Perfect!

Start by making the crust. First, beat the egg yolk and milk together and set aside. Remember to save the separated egg white for later.

Next, combine the flour and salt with a fork, then add the cold butter, cut into chunks.

Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter as shown, or in a food processor. This takes only a minute or two. If you're using a cutter, scrape it off with the back side of a butter knife as it accumulates butter.

You are finished when the butter resembles coarse crumbs.

Now, simply add the egg and milk mixture and stir with a fork until the dough comes together.

Once it has come together and the dry bits are all mixed in, pick it up with your hands and form it into a ball. Then, divide into two balls. If it's too dry, you can add up to 1 Tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Add only the moisture that is needed to gather the dough into a ball.

Roll out the first half of the dough. It was tricky to get the square shape, so I rolled it as close as I could and then used my fingers to press it into more of a rectangle.

Now, fold the dough in half and then into quarters.

Then, carefully move it to your 10 x 15 inch pan and unfold.

Gently press the crust into the pan, getting it to the edges or as close as you can without creating holes.

Crush the cornflakes. I used a sandwich-size plastic bag and just pounded it with my fist. Be sure to get most of the air out of the bag, otherwise you'll 'pop' it when you pound it! You could be more civilized and roll over it with a rolling pin. Whatever you do, don't get too rough or you might break the bag.

Now simply sprinkle the crushed corn flakes on the bottom crust.

If you haven't already peeled and sliced the apples, put the crust in the fridge now. I went ahead and rolled out my second crust, folded it in quarters, wrapped it loosely in plastic and put it in the fridge as well.

So, now, the apples! Using a handy apple chart and also seeing what was available at my market this week, I picked granny smiths. Begin by peeling the 8-10 medium apples. I timed myself and found it took me less than 30 seconds to peel one apple. It was good to know it really doesn't take that long!

Instead of coring the apples, I just cut off half ...

... then cut off the other half. You'll end up with a couple ends to cut off, too, which will leave you with a square piece which is basically the core.

The great thing about this method is that all the pieces are in the perfect shape to cut into half moons. Just lay the pieces on their flat side and slice!

Once you have 8 cups of apples, simple pour them out and spread them around on top of the corn flakes.

Next, mix the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together and sprinkle it over the apples.

Then, unfold the top crust and press it onto the top of the spiced apples.

I used my hands to gently press down and get the dough to the edges of the pan.

Wow! It's like a giant flat pie that cuts into 36 pieces! Next, beat the egg white with a fork until it's foamy, and then brush it on top of the crust.

The final step before baking is to sprinkle the top with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Then, pop it into the oven!

While the bars are baking, mix together the glaze ingredients. When my mixture was smooth, I drizzled a little of the glaze onto a piece of paper, to test the consistency and also for a small amount of practice. After all, I was going to see my grandma!

Be ready to be amazed when you pull your pan out of the oven.While still warm, drizzle the bars diagonally with the glaze. Beautiful!

When the bars were completely cool, I covered them with plastic loosely. Eight hours in the car later, we arrived (about 11 pm!) and placed our tempting pan of bars on the kitchen counter before heading off to bed. My uncle warned about 'gremlins' who sometimes sneak into the kitchen at night, but in the morning we found the bars in tact. My aunt had already cut them and was waiting patiently!

Though it was not my plan to eat the bars for breakfast, it seemed no one could wait, so we served them up with fresh cut fruit and cereal. They came out of the pan with amazing ease and looked fabulous.

Everyone loved the crust and the apple filling, which did seem a perfect fit for breakfast after all. They were also delicious later at lunch, and my aunt cut the final two pieces into slivers for breakfast the next morning.

It turned out to be a wonderful recipe for traveling, and we all enjoyed the time with Great Grandma, my aunt and uncle and, of course, the cousins.

If you have a family or school gathering coming up, these Glazed Apple Pie Bars are certain to be a hit. If you try them, I'd love to hear about your experience.

Check back in a few days when Becky makes stuffed pasta shells -- possibly the perfect entrée to go with your apple bars!

Liz is paid to write for the Land O'Lakes Recipe Buzz™ Blog.

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Can these bars be frozen successfully, or would the crust become soggy upon thawing?

Posted Oct 21 2013 by Barb
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Cindy

These bars can be frozen very successfully. This is really like an apple pie in the form of a bar.
Posted October 21, 2013

it was yummy

Posted Jun 30 2013 by penny

I've been making this recipe for many years, now, and it is always such a hit!!!

Posted Jul 12 2012 by Jeanne

I have a similar recipe using zucchini, it's called mock apple pie, you can fool almost everyone to think it is apple instead of zucchini

Posted Jul 10 2012 by Linda

Has anyone made this with tart cherries instead of the apples? If not, would any of you kitchen wizards out there have some suggestions for how I might make cherry pie bars?
Thanks

Posted Jun 08 2012 by Jean
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Cindy

We have not experimented in the Test Kitchens with this recipe and using tart cherries at this point. It seems like it would be an excellent option. If any one has tried a fruit bar like the apple ones, but using tart cherries, I would like to know.
Posted July 02, 2012

We are invited to a pre-Easter brunch and I'm going to make what sounds like the most delicious apple pie bars ever that will travel over the miles to a friend's home.

Posted Apr 02 2012 by Janet

MY MOTHER HAS BEEN MAKING A SIMILAR RECIPE TO THIS FOR YEARS. ONLY WE DON'T USE CORN FLAKES. WE USE PLAIN BREAD CRUMBS AND WE GRATE (SQUEEZE THE JUICE OUT) THE APPLES. ALSO THE DOUGH WE MAKE IS DIFFRENT. IT'S MORE DENSE, AND OUR BARS HAVE MORE FILLING IN THEM.

Posted May 06 2011 by jessie

This recipe comes out so good! The squares end up nice and neat. I've made this 3 times, it's great for using up apples.

Posted Sep 29 2010 by Lucy W.

Helen, the cornflakes are used as a thickener and they do add a distinctive flavor to the bars, too. It's a rather different approach, I agree, but it seems to work very well. Let us know if you try the recipe as is or with any variations and how it all goes!

Posted Sep 28 2010 by Liz L-G

Why the cornflakes? I think I would use golden raisins to soak up the juice if the apples proved too juicy. Of course, partly cooking the apples and straining them before adding to the slice might work too.

Posted Sep 24 2010 by Helen

Kathy, I will have to try this recipe again with MacIntosh apples. I got a big bag and have extras. Thanks for the tip!

Posted Sep 22 2010 by Liz G

I have been making these bars for years - by far my favorite Apple Pie - the taste is amazing!
The crust is a little tricky - but your's looked just like mine. Thanks for sharing - loved the photo's.
Ruth

Posted Sep 17 2010 by Ruth

These bars are worth the time it takes to make them. They're delicious. MacIntosh apples are very good and bake down very well.

Posted Sep 14 2010 by Kathy A.

I've been making that recipe for over 40 years. It's a family favorite and was given to me as a teenager by a woman I babysat for. We call them Apple Squares. Thanks for bring back a lot of sweet memories.

Posted Sep 04 2010 by Cheryl

Lookinf forward to the new site

Posted Sep 02 2010 by Connie Y.

Yes, they were delicious, and it is fun to see the picture of this great grandmother with her first two grewt graanddaughters

Posted Sep 02 2010 by Helen

I love the directions and pictures to match. Can't wait to make these bars this weekend. Thank you!

Posted Aug 31 2010 by Cindy L.

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