Sour Cream Apple Bars


   I would give this recipe a 5 Star rating!  It’s easy, looks great, and is delicious.  From an Indiana cookbook published in "Best of the Best of the Midwest" I thought, just reading the recipe, that it was worth a try…it exceeded my expectations.  It has a crisp, thin bottom crust, topped by a very moist apple cake.  Anything that only uses one large bowl and a spoon to mix is my kind of recipe.  It was good from the oven, just cooled to lukewarm; and it froze well too.  I got twice as many bars as the recipe called for; they are rich enough for smaller, easier-to-eat bars.  I used Granny Smith apples, and drizzled on a little powdered sugar glaze.
                         Sour Cream Apple Squares
  2          Cups  Flour, All-purpose (9 ounces)
  2          Cups  Brown Sugar -- firmly packed  (14 ounces)
     ½      Cup  Butter -- softened
  1          Cup  Walnuts -- chopped
  2          Teaspoons  Cinnamon
  1          Teaspoon  Baking Soda
     ½      Teaspoon  Salt
  1          Cup  Sour Cream
  1          Teaspoon  Vanilla Extract
  1          Large  Egg
  2          Cups  Apples -- peeled and finely chopped (2 medium)

Preheat oven to 350°.  In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly.  Stir in nuts.  Press 2 3/4 cups (about 15 ounces) of crumb mixture into ungreased 9 x 13" pan.
To remaining mixture, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla, and egg.  Blend well.  Stir in apples.  Spoon evenly and carefully over base.
Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Cut into 12-15 squares - I got 30.     "One 9 X 13" Pan"
2011 Cost:  $4.13 or 21¢ per bar (using 30 bars)
Per Serving: 215 Calories; 11g Fat (44.8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 28mg Cholesterol; 179mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

4 comments:

  1. These really sound good. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  2. Yum! Think I'll try making these. I can't eat butter, do you think I could substitute canola oil and applesauce instead?

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    1. I don't know that they would work for the crumb crust...maybe you need to use a recipe closer to your dietary restrictions.

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    2. I would not try to change the recipe either. Most baking recipes don't change well and the apple pieces are part of the reason this is good. There are a lot of good applesauce bar recipes out there.

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