Monday, 17 October 2016

Apple Pie Bars


An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But I gotta tell ya, if your doctor had a slice of this Apple Pie Bar, he or she will not be kept away.  The good doc will come back for more. Now, who says doctors don't appreciate desserts?




If there is one pie that I love, that would be apple pie. I ate my first slice of apple pie (plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream) as a teenager at Selangor Club, courtesy of my aunt, my mum's elder sister.


Beat sugar, oil and egg until thick and pale.

From then on, whenever I see apple pie on the dessert menu, apple pie it is! But then, not all the apple pies were great. Some were way too heavy on the spices and ruined my enjoyment.


Fold in flour. The batter is thick and gluey. Then fold in apples etc.
But me bake apple pie? Nah. That's too much trouble. Besides, what am I going to do with the rest of the pie? As far as I know, no one in the family are apple pie fans. So. The next best thing came in the form of these Apple Pie Bars.



Now, please excuse me for these messy bars. I swear it is not for my lack of slicing skills but these bars and very difficult to slice. Monica says that you need to freeze them in order to slice them nice and neat.


It may look like there is not enough batter to cover the ingredients
but everything comes together fine when baked in the oven.
But I cannot wait. Look what happened while it was cooling.



heh..heh..heh.. Where is that big rat?

You may notice that the insides of my apple pie bars are more cakey and not gooey like Monica's possibly because of my drastic reduction of the sugar content. 



I halved the recipe because the original makes a big batch. It worked out really well and this is one of the best things I have ever tasted. The apples, cinnamon, butterscotch chips and walnuts came together beautifully and it's a charm!

These bars are best eaten warm and surprisingly wonderful cold from the fridge. They are very addictive, so don't blame me if you finished the whole pan.

Apple Pie Bars
Recipe sources : Adapted from A Beautiful Mess

Ingredients (Approximately half of original recipe) :
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 150g self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 heaped tsp cinnamon
- 2 small green apples, peeled and finely diced
- 1/2 cup Butterscotch Chips
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, broken into smaller pieces

Method :
1. Sift the flour, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl add vegetable oil, sugar and eggs. Beat using a stand mixer until batter is pale  yellow and thick.
3. Add the sifted flour into the vegetable oil mixture and beat until well combined.
4. Using a spatula, fold in the apples, butterscotch chips and walnuts. 
5. Scrape the batter into a lined 8" pan and bake at 160C for about 40-45 minutes until the top is brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the pan comes out with some moist crumbs.
6. Cool on a wire rack  and best served warm.


38 comments:

  1. If me, i sure can't wait, will be like your's while cooling, there's a "hole" there... hehe...

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    1. ya lor....half gone before it can cool down...

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  2. Me too! Send me some please!!! :)

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    1. No more liao. I have to bake some more. LOL!

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  3. I like to eat apple pies too. Your apple pie bars are easier to eat. Did you make them with granny smith apples?

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    1. Yes, made with Granny Smith apples :)

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  4. A perfect pie for autumn😀

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  5. Yums!! I love apple pies like heavens and have just begged my wife over the weekend to make them for me as I could hardly find good apple pies in the shops. I guess there is poor market for this dessert, so I often settled for McDooonald's baliar apple pies which is a good substitute and cheap too. LOLOL

    I learnt a new word today - CAKEY!

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    1. I hope your wife bakes the apple pie for you. Since I am always so mean and refuse to give you any cakes, I cannot ask for a slice of pie. LOL!

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    2. Wakakakakaka... I like your humor!!

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  6. For some reason, apples are one of my least favourite fruits although I know they're one of the healthiest to eat with one of the lowest sugar content. I'd usually not pick to eat it as a fruit or drink it as my fresh juice of choice, so I guess I'd probably not order them as my dessert...hehe....but yours I'm sure will taste great for all apple lovers.

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    1. Truthfully, I am not into apples either. But somehow, apple pie I cannot resist :)

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  7. I just shared an apple related dessert recipe in my blog too :)

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    1. Oh yes, those apple empanadas. Yummeh!!

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  8. Wow! You are good. Wish I stay next to you....can every day "steal" whatever baking or cooking in your kitchen. ^^

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    1. LOL! Yes, I don't mind sharing with you. Share the fats...hah..hah...

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  9. Interesting. Anything like apple crumble? Would be nice with ice cream.

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    1. It's different from apple crumble which I also happen to love with vanilla ice cream!!!

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  10. I just finished my nasi lemak.. How I wish I have a piece of dessert like yours now! :)

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    1. It's niece to have dessert after a makan. But that day I had desserts for makan. LOL!

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  11. Suddenly recalls I din't bake for so long liao, wonder if my oven still working?? xD

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    1. LOL! I am sure it is still working after a good rest :D

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  12. Phong Hong, you can bake apple pie. You just take 1 slice and send the rest to us. Lol!

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    1. LOL! OK, one day I do that hah..hah...

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  13. That looks like a moist apple pie/bar. I think it freeze well.

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    1. Yes, it freezes beautifully which is great.

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  14. I love apple bars and these look fabulous. I'd be the one sneaking samples before they cooled :)

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    1. They taste awesome when they are warm and we just can't help it :)

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  15. Apple pies serve as good desserts

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  16. i'll take your apple pies over McD's any day of the week! :)

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  17. Your apple pie bars looks super good! Great for snacking anytime of the day!

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    1. Yes, it's great especially when it can be frozen!

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