So I tried out a new “Fall” recipe! It’s called Apple Squares, and I originally snagged it from “jcost88” over at Book Cooking. I decided to make a gluten-free version of it – but you can make it either way. Check it out…
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (I used a gluten-free baking mix instead)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 inch pan. (I don’t have a 9X9, but I have an 8X9, so that’s what I used!)
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside. (Like I said, I used gluten-free stuff instead of flour.)
In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Stir in the egg and vanilla.
Blend in the flour mixture until just combined…
…then stir in the apples and walnuts.
Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars. ( didn’t follow this step, because the mixture was already tasting VERY sweet to me, and I thought more sugar might be overkill!)
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched.
Cool in the pan…
…and cut into squares.
These tasted amazing! However, I would NOT substitute the gluten-free ingredients again on this one. The taste was great, but the consistency was FAR too crunchy! Next time I make them I will definitely use the regular all-purpose flour called for!
This proves my point that some things can work beautifully by substituting gluten-free ingredients, and others can NOT work at all!
Whatcha think? Plans to try this recipe for yourself?