We survived Labor Day weekend and are trying to ease our way into September, but let's be honest it will be Christmas in the blink of the eye. As a farmer's wife I fully enjoy these falls months as harvest begins and the fruit of our labor is removed from the fields and either brought to market or stored on the farm. Fall also means apples. We have contemplated planting apples trees for several years now, they were actually supposed to be my Mother's Day gift in 2015 but as you can guess that didn't happen. I promise Mr. Farmer had great intentions. We know that our family and neighbors would fully enjoy our apple trees as much as we would. I continue to dream of all of the apple pies, apple bars, apple crisps, apple sauce, and apple juice that I could make with these apples from our phantom apples trees. One day these phantom trees may become a reality, but until then we have decided to graciously accept apple donations. Thank goodness for gracious parents! I have been able to make several pans of apple crisp as well as dehydrate some. Dehydrated apples make the perfect snack. Soooo good! Not a surprise though is that apple slab bars have been the biggest hit. Tonight I kid you not I walked into the kitchen as Mr. Farmer was holding a half a row like a piece of toast...devouring it. I laughed and he goes "what?" I assumed it was a rhetorical question so I shook my head and didn't respond. So here it is the bars that can't stay in the pan for more than a day because they are THAT good!
Apple Cuts - (I call them bars above but Mr. Farmer informed me that "cuts" is the correct technical name)
7 cups apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg, separated
3/4 cup of crushed corn flakes or similar cereal
Put cut apples in a bowl with the 3/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon, stir and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt, butter and sugar. Place egg yolk in a one cup measuring cup, add milk to the 2/3 cup line. Mix with flour mixture. Take half of the dough and roll to fit a jelly roll pan (extra flour will be needed to roll out the dough). Place rolled dough in the pan and top with crushed corn flakes. Fill the bottom crust with apple mixture. Roll out the remaining dough and place atop the apples. Trim and crimp edges. Beat the egg white and brush the top crust. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Let cool and top with powdered sugar icing if desired.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine ingredients and add additional milk until an icing consistency is reached. Drizzle on cooled apple cuts.
I find this recipe baker friendly and have adapted it from one of my go to church cookbooks to fit our taste buds. The dough is pretty no fuss and hard to mess up, which I LOVE! Here is to a late night snack or early morning breakfast of apple cuts. The apples make it nutritious so go ahead and have one for every meal. ;)
I'm Lisa, a farm wife, mom and old lady at heart (or my husband tells me so). Agriculture, quilting, and baking were my first loves and now I get to enjoy them with my family!