So I went to visit Em in sunny California a few weekends ago. I am starting to think I’m at least 20% Californian at heart. For reasons like this.
Coronado Dog Beach
But most of all, it was great to spend some time with Em and her busy toddler. And, it wouldn’t be a visit to Emily without enjoying some of her baked goods. I wouldn’t say she “stress bakes” per say… but no matter what she has going on, she doesn’t seem to be too busy to soften a stick of butter or make some sort of bread. So I was pretty glad when I showed up to the smell of cinnamon and apples. Did I mention she has a backyard apple tree (gee, I wonder why I like California)?
So, therefore, my most prized souvenir from the trip was this: Emily’s family recipe for apple bars. Think coffee cake meets apple pie. It’s not low fat, low sugar, paleo, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free. It’s just good. Simple, always on hand ingredients.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped (I like granny smith for baking)
- 1 c nuts (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Sift dry ingredients and set aside. Beat sugars, eggs, vanilla and butter together. Add flour mixture. Add apples and nuts (optional). Spread into a greased 9×13 pa. Sprinkle with 2 TB of a cinnamon and sugar mixture (you could combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1 1/2 TB cinnamon). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.
You can make this for a brunch, or if you’re like us, make it on Friday and graze on
slivers huge squares all weekend long with your reheated cups of coffee.
Well, I’m off to grab myself a square of apple cinnamon deliciousness and hit the books. Only 3 weeks until my exam! Eeek.
P.S. After the initial draft of this post, my husband told me the last batch he made, he used whole wheat flour and only 3/4 the amount of each kind of sugar. I ate about half the pan over the weekend. So obviously it was still good.