Monday, May 30, 2011

Apple Kuchen Bars

2 c. flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
Pinch salt
3/4 c. butter
1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
5 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Base: In a bowl mix together, flour sugar and salt. Cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg and mix until a dough forms. Shape into 2 equal balls; wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

On a floured work surface, roll out one portion of the dough to fit the bottom of pan. If necessary, cut dough to fit.

Filling: In another bowl, mix together flour, sugar, butter, zest, cinnamon and apples. Spread evenly over dough. Roll remaining dough out as for first portion and place on top of apple mixture, cutting to fit the pan.

Topping: In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over top of base. Bake in preheated oven to 375* for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a rack to cool completely, then cut into bars.

Use 9x9 inch pan, ungreased.

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