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Glazed Apple Pie Squares

Ingredients

CRUST

  • C. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. butter sliced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • C. milk or half & half
  • 1 C. crushed cornflakes

FILLING

  • 9 C. thinly sliced peeled apples*
  • 1 C. sugar
  • tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg

TOPPINGS & GLAZE

  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 2 T. cinnamon-sugar
  • 1 C. powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 to 2 T. milk

Instructions

  • For the crust, combine flour and salt in a big bowl. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Combine egg yolk and milk then gradually add to flour mixture and work with hands until dough forms. Divide dough in half.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll one piece of dough into a thin 14 x 19ʺ rectangle. Transfer to a half sheet pan (about 10 x 15 x 1ʺ) and press into corners and up the sides, leaving a 1ʺ overhang. Sprinkle cornflakes over the bottom and set aside.
  • Put all filling ingredients into a bowl and toss to mix with one of Rada's Mixing Spoons; transfer the mixture evenly into the crust with a larger Basting Spoon. Roll the remaining dough into another big rectangle and place it over the apple filling. Moisten the edges, pinch crusts together, and crimp as desired around the rim of the pan.
  • Brush egg white over the top crust and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until golden brown.
  • For the glaze, grab a whisk (try Rada's Handi-Stir) to combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm pastry and cool completely. Cut into bars and use Rada's non-scratch Slotted Turner or Potluck Spatula to remove them from the pan.
  • *Try Granny Smith, McIntosh, and/or Jonathan apples. Here's your opportunity to put the Rada Paring Knives to work.

Notes


Apple Butter
In a big bowl, stir together 1 C. sugar, ½ C. brown sugar, 5 T. powdered instant fruit pectin, ½ tsp. cinnamon, and ½ tsp. apple pie spice until well blended; set aside. Place 5 C. peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped apples* into a food processor with 1 T. lemon juice; process until smooth. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture and stir for 3 minutes to blend.
Ladle the apple mixture into small clean containers, leaving ½ʺ headspace. Cover tightly and let stand at room temperature until thickened, about 30 minutes. Store containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
*Try Granny Smith, McIntosh, and/or Jonathan apples. Here's your opportunity to put the Rada Paring Knives to work.
 Makes 4 Cups