Aug192009

Tuesdays With Dorie: Applesauce Spice Bars

It was a mistake to make these Applesauce Spice Bars. Fall won’t descend upon Las Vegas for another two months or so, and now my kitchen smells like cinnamon and baked apples and caramel, and it makes me sad. I mean, my mouth and nose are very happy, but it’s a reminder that fall is still so far off!

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I had some help with this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie, which was picked by Karen of Something Sweet (and bear with me, I’m a day off!). One of my nine-year-olds hung out in the kitchen with me and she even took a few pictures, which is why there are so many. :)

Let’s go!

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Ingredient round-up.

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Pecans! The next time I make these I’ll add more than the 1/2 cup the recipe called for.

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Prepwork involved buttering the baking dish, laying parchment in it, and then buttering and flouring the parchment too.

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Melting down the butter and brown sugar…

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…then stirring in the dry ingredients.

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Pecans, chopped Granny Smith apple and raisins are added.

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I kept the chopped apple a little on the big side, and they were perfect.

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Once the bars have cooled a bit you have to invert the baking dish onto a rack.

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Bottom up.

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One more flip so it’s right-side up again.

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Making the glaze.

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The butter, brown sugar, cream and corn syrup simmer for a few minutes before adding the vanilla.

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Perfect. Thick and yummy!

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I waited a couple of minutes for the glaze to cool just a bit so it’d be a little thicker going on. I had foil under the rack to catch drips, but I didn’t want to waste any of the glaze. It was the perfect consistency once I thought it was ready, and I didn’t lose a drop ;)

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Spread it all over and let it all cool.

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Hello, corner piece. You’ll be mine in just a minute.

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Voila!

These bars are delicious and if you’re in the mood for fall you’ve got to try them out. Everything went together perfectly, and like I said, when I make these again I think I’ll add a bit more of the pecans — the crunch really helped keep things interesting.

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