Ahhhh fall. Have I mentioned how much I adore fall? Oh, I have? Well, let me tell you again.
This season seriously makes me so happy. I busted out my Patagucci fleece today and, although I may have been sweating just a tad by the time my walk to work was through, I loved every second of it.
I’ve also been seriously indulging in pumpkin coffee. Anywhere I can get it. Starbucks, Dunkin, the cafeteria at work. Seriously, I think my blood is now half Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is totally fine and normal, not to mention amazing.
While it’s clear that pumpkin in the star ingredient of all things fall, apple is a close second. And with good reason. I mean, I put them in these bars, and look how awesome they are? Just look at them!!
Apple is sweet, tart, and holds up well in the baking process. I loved biting in to these sweet, chewy bars drenched in maple glaze and getting a solid chunk of slightly acidic apple. Not to mention that my apartment smelt like heaven when these were baking.
I think pumpkin better watch it’s back… with these bars, apple is giving it a serious run for it’s money.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 medium sized apples, cored and diced
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbs milk, or enough to bring your glaze to desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 8×8 dish with parchment paper grease lightly. Set aside
- In a large bow, combine the brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla and mix well. Add in the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until combined. Fold in the apples and pecans.
- Pour the mixture in to your prepared pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting.
- To make the glaze, simply whisk together the sugar, syrup and milk until no clumps remain. Drizzle over bars and serve.