Maple Apple Bars /// Apple Picking

Posted on: October 27, 2013

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I know, I know. Every food blog out there right now has gorgeous pictures up of them apple picking. But what’s one more?

Apple picking is a sign that the air has become crisp and the days shorter. We usually go apple picking at the same place every year but found this new gem of a farm this fall. It’s huge with windy isles filled with dozens and dozens of apple flavors. We adventured right around dusk while the lighting was magical and the the farm was void of families.

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And then we spent the next two weeks eating apples with almond butter and honey for breakfast. End of story.

Oh wait – that’s not the end. Because we still had apples left. So I started throwing them in oatmeal. And juices. And finally baked goods.

I had planned for these maple bars to come out like blondies but they were much too moist for me to mislead you with the ‘blondie’ title. Instead, they are like little squares of moist apple cake or… dare I say… coffee cake? And dare I admit to the fact that I may have drizzled more maple syrup over them and enjoyed them for breakfast? Okay, okay – I’ll admit to that. And you may end up finding yourself wanting to enjoy them for more than just dessert as well.

 

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Maple Apple Bars

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped & peeled tart apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper (or use a little butter to grease the pan).

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, maple syrup, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Next, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, pecans, and chopped apples.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tooth can be inserted into the middle and comes out clean. Let cool completely on a cooling rack and enjoy!

 

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12 comments

  • Al @ HerBearings

    Oh wow, these look delicious! I’ll have to try them out for an upcoming ‘potluck.’ Thanks for the recipe, and your pictures are gorgeous!

    Al

  • Juliette

    Apple picking is fun! And using the apples you picked to make something sweet and heartwarming just gives even more satisfaction. These bars look delicious and perfect for a cold sunday.

  • Harriet

    These photos of apple picking are killing me, almost literally. Just gorgeous. You’ve inspired me to really make the effort to visit the nearest apple-growing region next winter and get me some apples. And these little bars? The look delicious and damn tasty.

  • Sandra

    There is always room for more apple picking pictures…especially gorgeous ones like these.

  • Grace

    These are the prettiest apple picking photos I’ve seen around the web. ;) Those bars look incredible too.

  • maria | pink patisserie

    I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing photos like these. Especially yours! So stunning and those bars.. with maple? To die for.

  • Amy @ wrapped in newspaper

    Your photos are so beautiful -love your blog! My friend had given me some apples from her garden, this has inspired me to whip up some baked goods with them.

  • phi @PrincessTofu

    So admittedly, we tried to go apple picking this past weekend after I saw this, but were told that they were all gone… I think I need a better calendar just for u-pick farms. Though, it’s a terrible excuse to see so many apple posts everywhere and wait until November.

    Earlier this season, when we were getting loads of free apples, I made a giant vat of maple apple butter. If you ever are in trouble of having too much apple, you can make apple bread with apple butter to spread on it. :)

    • Shellywest

      Oh no! What a bummer that it was too late! If it makes you feel any better, I tried to go in September and it was WAY too early and had to go back a few weeks later. Haha.

      Also, a giant vat of maple apple butter pretty much sounds like the most amazing fall treat ever. I wish I wasn’t so scared of canning so then I could make a big batch to enjoy all year long..

  • Alanna {The Bojon Gourmet}

    Ooh! These bars look super appley and delicious! I love your apple picking pictures. :)

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