Magic Apple Bars
Once upon a time, my mother made tongue for a Sunday lunch. The only thing was she didn’t tell me it was tongue. By the time I was in my third piece, my older brother revealed the truth, laughing like there’s no tomorrow “HAHAHAHAHAHA, YOU ATE TO-ONGUE, YOU ATE TO-ONGUE!”… All of our guests must have found that very amusing, and laughed at me also. Me, I cried – because of all the laughing and because I ate tongue. Silly me – it was delicious.
In my child’s head, anyone who could make ox tongue taste good was a culinary genius. The myth got even stronger every time she came home with all that strange ingredients: ox brains, frog legs…
And there was these apple bars. It’s almost like a cobbler, but you don’t prepare any dough. You just throw the ingredients one in the top of another and that’s it.
When she asked me to see it, I didn’t believe something could come out of it: how all that flour will become apple bars? Then, she did magic again – a delicious apple dessert, in front of my amazed eyes.
I bet she was secretly laughing at me.
Magic Apples Bars (16 pieces) – from mom’s recipe notebook
- 4 sliced apples
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 125g melted butter
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tbsp sugar – to sprinkle
Butter an 8/12 inch pan. Preheat oven 350F.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk well.
Arrange the sliced apples in the pan close together. Sprinkle cinnamon to the taste.
Spread the flour mixture over the apples. Pour cooled butter over the flour and the eggs over the butter. Try to do it the most evenly you can, but don’t worry with some little dry spots.
Sprinkle sugar and more cinnamon, if you want, and bake for 40 minutes (you will have a golden crust and a toothpick inserted will come out with a few moist crumbles). Let cool and cut into bars.
My bars were served with a caramel/ dulce de leche sauce – dulce de leche with some milk to dissolve and 30 seconds in the microwave.