Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Apple Pie Bars


I recently did some experimenting with store purchased puff pastry dough (also called phillo dough ).  It took me a long time to find a dough that wasn’t stuffed full of fillers like corn syrup and hydrogenated oils but when I did it was so worth it because I made a lot of different creations from it.  Here was one of my fun creations...apple pie that you don’t need a fork to eat!  I made these to take to Bebe B’s music class and they were a hit...with bebes and grown-ups alike.  

Apple Pie Bars - 12 Months+
1 pkg Organic Puff Pastry (I use The Fillo Factory brand 
available at many Whole Foods Markets)
4-5 Granny Smith apples (peeled and sliced)
3 tbsp organic brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1-2 tbsp butter or Earth Balance (melted)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Make sure your puff pastry dough is thawed (according to package directions).  Next in a medium bowl combine the apple slices, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Then coat the bottom and sides of a medium glass baking dish with some of the melted butter.  Then top with three or four sheets of the pastry dough, you may have to trim it to fit just right in your baking dish.  Add about half of the apple mixture and cover with another couple sheets of pastry dough.  Top with the rest of the apples and cover with another three or four layers of pastry dough.  Brush the top with the remaining butter.  Bake for about 35-40 minutes.  Make sure to set a timer and check the bars at least once or twice...if the top is getting darker then you like cover with foil for the remainder for the cooking time.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them (they need time to set up a bit).  Store them in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.  ENJOY!!! 

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