All opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.I always think of fall and winter as apple season. So I’ve been baking with apples nonstop lately! One of my favorite recipes to create is Dutch Apple Pie! I just love this classic crumbled topped dessert. It’s always a hit whenever I bring it to social gatherings.
A couple times last I made these bars, as a twist on traditional Dutch Apple Pie. Serving the dish bar style allows for smaller portions. Plus I just love the added texture the delicious crunch oat topping provides. Even better? It’s super simple to make!
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3⁄4 cup of butter, melted
1⁄2 cup of quick-cooking oats
2⁄3 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 1⁄4 cups of water
3 cups of apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
So first let’s go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next you’ll want to combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and oats into a large mixing bowl. Mix together until the dough is formed. Set aside 1 cup for the topping. The press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 8 sq inch pan. You can use parchment paper if you wish.Now let’s work on the filling! Combine sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Stir until smooth, and bring it to a boil. Continue to cook the mixture while stirring for at least a minute. You’ll want to the mixture to thicken.
Once it is thick, remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in your apples. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour the apples on top of your crust. Now take the extra one cup of crumble you set aside. Break it up into crumble pieces and sprinkle it on top of the apple mixture.Now place the pan in the oven, which should be heated now to 350 degrees. Bake the pan for 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown in color. If you use parchment paper, cook the bars for at least 10 extra minutes.Once the Dutch Apple Pie bars are done baking, take them out of the oven to cool. I actually like to stick mine in the refrigerator for awhile to firm them up. Then cut your dish into bars and serve! Feel free to warm up the individual bars before serving. If you enjoy Dutch Apple Pie, then definitely give these simple and easy bars a try!