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Applesauce Spice Bars…Another Great One From Dorie

Apparently I like the book! I have tried some of the recipes and so far there has not been one we did not like. It is a great read for novice bakers as it contains all sorts of basics from breakfast treats, cookies, bars, cakes, ice creams and more. It appeals to the intermediate cook who wants to broaden his/her repertoire with all the variations Dorie gives on the sidebar of the recipes. It is full of homey, uncomplicated delights for the seasoned chef who wants to return to the basics or does not want to fuss with complicated techniques and hard to find ingredients.

Sunday afternoon, the boys were working on the boat and given that the weather was a little bit in the chilly side I thought that a batch of these apple bars with a nice cup of coffee would be totally appropriate to make them take a break. The bars are rich but not heavy, you can play with the kind of apple you use as well as the amount of spices. The recipe called for raisins but B. has a childhood aversion to them so I used dried cranberries instead and it worked even better (at least in my book). I also used Calvados instead of applejack because that was what I had on hand.

Applesauce Spice Bars, adapted from Dorie Greenspan:

For the bars:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tb. applejack
1 baking apple, peeled, cored and finely diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the glaze:
2 1/2 Tb. heavy cream
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Butter and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350.Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat.Still in the saucepan, whisk in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well until blended. Add the applesauce, vanilla and liqueur until smooth. With a spatula, add the dry ingredients, cranberries and nuts and mix until combined.Scrape into the pan and bake 20 -25 minutes.
Let cool and prepare the glaze in the meantime.

In a saucepan, whisk the cream, sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minuts. Remove from the pan and stir in the vanilla.
Remove the bars from the pan and set on a wire rack positioned on top of a sheet pan to catch the drips. Pour the glaze over the bars and let set, cut as desired.

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henrychan888 November 7, 2006 um 7:34 am

yummy! looks like a great breakfast bar!


Brilynn November 7, 2006 um 2:01 pm

The jealousy continues to grow. I keep dropping hints for people to get me this book, but it looks like I will have to go out and buy it myself.

wheresmymind November 7, 2006 um 2:20 pm

Looks great! Though there are a ton of ingredients

Anonymous November 7, 2006 um 4:20 pm

This certainly would be a welcome surprise and would drive all those chills away with a warm cup of joe!

Fabienne November 7, 2006 um 9:42 pm

Oh, mais c’est délicieux ! Il doit être super moelleux ce gâteau. C’est vrai que Dorie est une référence en matière de bakery !

Lauren November 7, 2006 um 11:00 pm

Dorie Greenspan is a very lucky woman for having such talented bakers replicate her recipes so well!

Anonymous November 8, 2006 um 12:38 am

I almost made this today…then realized I didn’t have applejack so I just might make it with cider. Looks good as always!

Unknown November 8, 2006 um 1:42 am

Looks SO good and moist!

Helene November 8, 2006 um 1:58 am

I have been meaning to post but we are having terrible internet connections these days.

Henrychan: thanks, it is delicious anytime of the day!

Brilynn: I would not wait for Santa. It is a great read.

wheresmymind: c’mon, not that many and it is worth it!

monisha: the neighbors starting coming out!

fabienne: c’etait delicieux! Le livre est genial!

Lauren: yeah, we should get the next one free!

Peabody: cider would be great!

Claire: thank you!

Erielle November 12, 2006 um 4:14 pm

I must have this book. Off to Borders I go, in my pajamas.

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