Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

                  Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu yet or still? I'm tweaking my usual dishes and adding some new ones, since we eat later in the day, I like to have alot of desserts, especially ones that can be reheated for breakfast the next day or so and these apple squares fill the bill.

Apple Squares with Maple Glaze

3 large eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute any oil, like coconut)
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (whole wheat pastry flour would substitute well)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups chopped unpeeled apples (Braeburn, Gala, or similar)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Glaze
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (can use maple extract also)

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 15x10 jelly roll pan with spray oil and set aside.  Leave the apples unpeeled but remove core and chop into bite size pieces.  In a bowl with electric mixer, combine eggs and salt and beat at med. speed until frothy, about 1 min. Add the sugar and oil, beat well to blend.  Add all dry ingredients and mix well.  Fold in the apples, nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 min. or till done.  
For the glaze: Mix together all ingredients till smooth, drizzle or spread over almost cooled cake.  Allow to set, then cut into squares. 

       This recipe comes from "Sprinkled with Flour" who has a nice, tasty blog! Just a couple more weeks till Thanksgiving, hard to believe. I should have my menu done by then! In all reality, everyone brings a dish or two so I all I have to do is cook the turkey and maybe a side dish too, but the holidays are meant to indulge a little so I like to have plenty of desserts on hand. 

     Just a quick reminder, if your interested in the Christmas apron swap, you still have time to join us, just scroll down to that post and sign up, deadline to do so is Nov. 10 at midnight. The more the merrier! 


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