This easy apple bar is just right for snacking or lunch boxes. Make the Brown Sugar Icing or simply sprinkle icing sugar over these spicy bars.
- Portion size 24 servings
- 2/3 cups raisins
- 2/3 cups water
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cup peeled, cored and finely chopped apples
- 1/2 cup chopped unblanched almond
Brown Sugar Icing:
- 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
Grease a 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan and dust with flour.
Bars: In small saucepan, combine raisins and water and bring to boil, uncovered. Remove from heat and, stirring periodically, let cool while preparing batter.
Cream butter with brown sugar until well blended; beat in vanilla and egg.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, spices and salt. Mix into creamed batter alternately with raisins and water, making 3 additions of dry and 2 of liquid. Stir in apples and nuts (batter will be thick). Spread evenly into pan.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 minutes or until firm to touch.
Brown Sugar Icing: In small heavy saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and milk to boil; remove from heat and beat in vanilla and icing sugar, adding about 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time. Let cool slightly and spread over cooled cake.
Alternatively, sieve 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar over cake.
Store in airtight container.