November 27, 2009

Cinnamon Apple Pecan Crumb Bars

Cinnamon Apple Pecan Crumb Bars

For the apples:
3 medium fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into a 1/2" dice
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the crumb:
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, soften
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 egg

For the icing:
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x11.5" glass or ceramic baking dish.

Place all ingredients for the apples into a mixing bowl. Toss to coat and evenly distribute all ingredients.

Place first 5 ingredients for the crumb into a mixing bowl. Blend the ingredients together using a pastry blender or a fork until the butter has been incorporated and there are crumbs the size of peas. Add the egg to the crumb mixture and lightly stir just until the egg has been incorporated. Try not to over work the mixture. You want for there to still be pea-sized crumbs after incorporating the egg.

Reserve 1 heaping cup of the crumb mixture. Pour the rest of the crumb into the prepared baking dish. Using your hands or the back of a spoon, gently press the crumb mixture into the dish to form a level crust.

Next evenly distribute the apple mixture over the crust.

Finally, sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture evenly over the apples.

Place into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for about 50 minutes or until crumb is golden and apples are soft.

Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour.

While the bars are cooling, make the icing. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Whisk or beat until smooth.

Once the bars are cooled drizzle with the cream cheese icing. Cut into bars and enjoy! Bars can be made 2 days in advance. Simply cover the bars once they've cooled to room temperature.

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