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Have Your Cake…or Apple Bars….and Eat Them Too

October 16, 2012

Besides the simple feel good emotion of knowing you are helping The Wild Ramp improve, the Kickstarter fund raiser provides for gifts at certain donation levels. At $15 you get a bike or car decal….at $25 you get a local artist’s stamp of ramps….but at $50, now you’re talking…you get will receive the new Wild Ramp community cookbook as a thank you gift.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been compiling the recipes sent in by our area’s wonderful cooks as well as some amazing chefs. As I prepare this book for your gastronomic pleasure, I am very excited about how it will reach all level of cooks in the community. The recipes range from very easy to somewhat complex, with the bulk of them right smack dab in the “I can do that!”  category. It will be ready well before Christmas for your own enjoyments as well as a gift giving idea.

I thought I would tease you with one recipe today sent in by Julianna Lucci-Hensley.  Although we are not kitchen testing all of the recipes, I baked this one a couple of weeks ago. I was in charge of coffee hour at church and was planning to make an apple crisp. But while reviewing this recipe I wondered if it really was a bar….eatable by hand. So I made it and can assure you not only is can it be eaten by hand, it is very enjoyable to eat!
Apple Pie Bars                                                                 

Adapted from Kraft

in the pan, ready to be cut

1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened and at room temperature

1 cup butter, softened and at room temperature

3¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided

10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1¼ cups granulated sugar (I use less when I use sweeter apples)

¾ cup powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 400°.

  • Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with mixer until well blended.
  • Gradually add 3 cups flour, mixing on low speed until just blended.
  • Shape into 2 balls. Place 1 ball on large lightly floured sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly.
  • Cover with second floured sheet of waxed paper. Roll out dough to 15-1/2×10 ½ inch rectangle. Remove top sheet of waxed paper.
  • Spray 15x10x1 inch pan with cooking spray; invert over rolled-out dough. Flip dough and pan upright. Remove waxed paper sheet; gently press dough onto bottom and up sides of pan.
  • Toss apples with remaining flour, granulated sugar and cinnamon; spread onto bottom of crust.
  • Repeat rolling out of remaining dough ball to make rectangle. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; carefully flip dough over apples.
  • Tuck edges of dough down sides of pan to enclose applies. Make several slits in top crust to vent.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool dessert 15 minutes. While cooling, mix powdered sugar and water.
  • Drizzle over dessert. Let it cool 30 minutes before cutting into bars.

It was superb and yes, edible by hand as a bar should be…..not to say you didn’t need to lick your fingers…..or want to….yum

So there is one of the many many yummies in the cookbook……and you can get a cookbook free if you throw $50 into the Kickstarter pot. There are still 2 more days to go and although we have met our goal, it now has come down to how high can we go. We already explained when Lowe’s donated the materials that were included in the original plans for the Kickstarter that we would instead include building a demonstration kitchen in our community room. The more money we raise, the better equipped that kitchen will be. Imagine the cooking classes that can take place there with all our wonderful local foods!!

And now, back to the cookbook…..earn it now or buy it later……your choice.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. JLH permalink
    October 16, 2012 5:46 pm

    I’m glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for posting it for more people to enjoy!

  2. October 16, 2012 5:58 pm

    Once they bake the apple bars they will decide buying the whole cookbook may be worth it, since this is a great sample of the quality of the yum factor!

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