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Apple Pie Bars

Author: Charlotte Bothe

Apple Pie Bars  Recipe

We've combined the tender, flaky pastry of our best apple pie with our favorite filling to create "pie bars" that offer as much crust as filling - perfect for all you crust-lovers out there. Topping the bars with Salted Caramel Sauce adds extra flavor.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
16 to 20 servings.

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Pastry

  • 2 cups Pastry Flour Blend or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Filling

  • about 6 cup peeled, cored, and sliced baking apples; Granny Smiths are fine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 2 tablespoons boiled cider
  • 3 tablespoons King Arthur Pie Filling Enhancer
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry: Combine the flour and salt. Work in the butter, then sprinkle in the water, mixing until cohesive.
  2. Form the pastry into two rectangles; wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.
  4. To make the filling: Mix all the ingredients except the egg.
  5. Roll one piece of pastry into a 17" x 7" rectangle, trimming the edges. Roll the second piece into a 16" x 6" rectangle, trimming again.
  6. Place the smaller rectangle on the pan and brush with egg wash. Spread the filling over the pastry, leaving 3/4"-wide bare edges.
  7. Center the other piece of pastry over the apples and press down, crimping the edges to seal. Brush with the egg wash, and cut several vents, to allow steam to escape.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Yield: 16 to 20 servings.