May 10, 2008

as american as apple pie

But not really.


I'm still trolling for dessert recipes for the wedding reception, and my latest hunt has been focused on white chocolate. (Don't attack me, chocolate purists--I've gotta have variety!) Apples have also been lingering in the back of my mind, because really, who doesn't love an apple dessert? I truly would never consider combining the two in the same dessert (the only example that comes to mind is a candied apple), but I came across this recipe by Weevalicious and was intrigued. I pretty much demolished her version with my changes, so I'm including her source (good ol' Tartelette) as well. This is an amalgam of both, with a touch of my own flair, pizzazz, limited creativity, what have you.

The bars are actually quite delicious, if you like white chocolate. The bar part is a bit fudgy, while the apples on top are light and creamy. Plus, there's cinnamon involved. I'm thoroughly satisfied, but I don't think my version would do well for the reception. Too messy and awkward. However, they're perfect for scarfing down whilst standing over the sink.

Apple Pie Bars
6 tablespoons butter
8 oz white chocolate
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup baked apples (a la
my grandpa)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
Melt butter and white chocolate together in microwave or in top of double boiler over hot water. When melted, remove from heat and stir to blend well. Set aside.
Beat the eggs and sugar until pale and thick. Add white chocolate and butter mixture, vanilla, flour, and cinnamon. Beat just until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with baked apples. Spread evenly. Bake another 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out cake-free (a little apple is inevitable).
Cool on wire rack and cut into bars.



I happened upon this quote by Michael Owen Jones (no, I have no idea who he is) while this post was percolating and thought it was fun:

"To a foreigner, a Yankee is an American.
To an American, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To a Northerner, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is a person who eats apple pie for breakfast.”


Is it true? I can only vouch for statement #2.

26 comments:

lcsa99 said...

Those look great! And it looks like it would be a lot of fun to eat, too :)

noble pig said...

Oh yummy, would I love to try this. You're right about apple dessert, people luhhh-vvee them!

When's the wedding again?

Elle said...

oooh, those look really good! I love scarfing snacks over the sink!

Yankees...I do consider myself one. Anyone in New England, really.

RecipeGirl said...

I'm pretty adept at standing over the sink and scarfing things down. This might work for me :)

nicisme said...

Now this is my kind of dessert! Well, anything with chocolate is the business, and it's got apples in so it's healthy right?

Krysta said...

So tasty... and I loved how you changed your comments to good natured noogies! you must have some brothers.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Love these! They look like the perfect scarfing down dessert!

Mrs. L said...

There is absolutely NO problem with white chocolate!

LisaRene said...

Ah yes, we sometimes do our most satisfying eating over the sink :) Love the combination of apple and white chocolate, very unique.

Lorraine E said...

I've never tried white chocolate and apples together but I love white chocolate (I feel almost bad for liking it and not loving dark exclusively). I also love apples but only cooked. Weird but anyway, I think this dessert is right up my alley!

Maryann said...

Yes, I love white chocolate!
Cute quote ;)

Indigo said...

Ooh, I also saw this recipe and fell in love with it - I really really need to try it now!

kimberleyblue said...

I love white chocolate - that's a great combo. That crust looks especially amazing!

Bellini Valli said...

Well I am a white chocolate lover so these would be baked by me:D

Kim said...

Oh you are too funny, and I thought I was the only Southern lady that ate over the sink!

culinography said...

These look so tasty! I'd happily take a position at the sink to get one. ;)

Kevin said...

Apples and white chocolate?! I have to try this! It looks great!

Amy Sherman said...

Hey there, trying to reach you about the Glam Dish contest, can you email me? I am leaving town tomorrow. Thanks! Amy

Cakespy said...

I definitely like the crust-to-topping ratio on these babies!! Delicious!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

This is my first time here, I will be back. These look yummy - are you the one getting married? If so I wish you all the best!

canarygirl said...

This looks incredible, Grace! Apples and white chocolate? That might just be a tiny slice of nirvana right there. :) I can't tell you whether the quote is completely true or not, being a mid-westerner (Minnesota) myself. lol Ya, fer sher you betcha. ;)

Deborah said...

Well, they look absolutely delicious to me!! I actually saw a cookie recipe today that combined white chocolate and cherries, and I thought the combination sounded wonderful!

Nic said...

that looks sooo good! love apple dessert.

LyB said...

Mmmm, these sound heavenly! I guess I'm no purist! :)

Dana said...

I *love* white chocolate. Then again, I'm not a chocoholic, so that could have something to do with it. But there sound yummy!

Vera said...

I have nothing against the white chocolate. And your bars look great and sound tasty. The best things are always eaten over a sink.