Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that it’s actually Rosh Hashanah a few days after Labor Day and with hot temps about, but here early this year is the Jewish new year. It is tradition this time of year to eat apples and honey for a sweet new year ahead. Although I really wanted to make an apple crumble for dessert, the timing just didn’t work out. The holidays begin Wednesday night, and I was working all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead, I spent Monday afternoon whipping up some festive fall treats in my kitchen.
I have a binder of dessert recipes from tons of different sources and the first section has fruit inspired treats. The first recipe I made is from the Queen of Baking, Martha Stewart. The recipe didn’t have a picture, so at first the title, confused me, but have no fear, this is one decadent dessert!
That is more like a blondie than a brownie!
From the oven, the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon spread through our entire house. It reminded me of one of those amazing apple pancakes and was better than any fall candle I’ve ever smelled!
I was eager to dig into a bite of these amazing looking bars. I also gave the BOY a little taste, and we both agreed that these would be incredible warm topped with ice cream! Note to Self…add cinnamon ice cream to grocery list!
I found plenty of apple recipes in my binder, and ended up making another delicious bar too…recipe coming tomorrow!
I slightly underbaked these guys, which didn’t impact their taste but them tough to cut into neat little squares. So…watch to make sure that your edges and your center are set before removing for the oven.
Wishing you a Sweet New Year!
Here are a few other options from my dessert binder…
And there is always last year’s Sweet New Year recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars.
What is your favorite apple recipe?
From Martha Stewart
1 stick salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for dish
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 large firm-sweet apples (about 1 pound total), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes *I used pink lady
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center position. Generously butter an 8-by-11-inch baking dish*.
Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg with a mixer until pale, about 2 minutes. Add walnuts and apples, and stir by hand until combined. Add flour mixture, and stir until combined, about 30 seconds more.
Spread batter in pan, and bake until golden brown and slightly firm, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes, then cut into 12 bars.
*Note: I felt like my dough spread thin, so I would suggest using a slightly smaller pan.