My Mom's Apple Squares
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup cold butter or stick margarine (vegan variant if needed)
3 cups thinly sliced apples (see preamble)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Combine flours through oats in a large bowl.
- Cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Add a little apple juice or water if required.
- Press 1/2 the crumble into the bottom of a thoroughly greased 9" pan.
- Combine remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
- Pour apples over bottom crust and crumble remaining oat mixture overtop evenly. Pat down.
- Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool thoroughly in fridge before cutting and serving.
I discovered recently while browsing Slashfood that this is rather a timely post! Lucky for us apple-lovers, the L.A. Times has a great guide to the myriad of apple varieties out there! Apples are a wonderful source of both vitamins and antioxidants (but of course we ALL knew that!), so I've decided to post this treat in honour of Sweetnick's ARF / 5-A-Day event (#88!). By the way, last week's roundup is posted here, since I was lax in posting that one earlier!
P.S. --> November 1, 2007 is Canadian National Men Make Dinner Day! That means only 47 days left for you guys to get your apron strings tied for your gals (if you have one) and try something new! By the way, making dinner doesn't involve a phone number stuck to the fridge or excessive use of the microwave! Just kidding, guys! I know you can cook with the best of 'em!