Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Bars


A quick and delicious dessert option!

It seems that whenever there is a pot luck or book club or dinner party, I always bring dessert.   And it makes sense since it is my speciality.  However, there are times when i just don't want to go through the hassle of pulling on the mixer and making cupcakes or cookies.  I want something quick, easy and delicious.  And that's what these are!  The prep time on these are about 10-15 minutes (depending on how fast you chop apples!)  And the result is delicious.
Finished product... really bad picture but it was 5am and I was lucky i even remembered to take it!
In the past I've made many different versions of these, but my favorite is the apples.... especially in the fall or winter.   You could also take out the apples, raisins and cinnamon and replace it with vanilla and chocolate chips for an equally delicious option.  

The three best things about this recipe
a) It allows for complete creativity!  You can really experiment with all kinds of different flavors.
b) I get to use this pan.  I get frequently annoyed when making bars (like brownies) as I feel there's about 30 seconds of perfect timing when the edges aren't too crispy and the middle isn't too soggy.   This pan allows for perfect cooking!

 C) I don't have to use the mixer!   All you need is a bowl and a spatula.  Sometimes honestly that is the best since I can just throw them in the dishwasher and not have to worry about a messy clean up. 

I deserved to lick the bowl cause I got spayed :)

Overall this is one of the tastiest and quickest desserts I make and is definitely a fan favorite.   I had one for breakfast the next day and they were great :) Dusty even liked licking the bowl since she decided to jump on the counter while I was doing laundry!
 Recipes

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Bars

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup chopped apples (I recommend half granny smith/half Fuji)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spray cooking spray or line a pan with parchment paper (for fewer, thicker bars use an 8x8, for more bars but thinner use a 9x13)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugars, egg, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. 
  4. Add flour, oats, apples and raisins; fold in just until combined.
  5. Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut!
  6. Enjoy!
 Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart



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