Friends, I'm almost out of that dark hole I mentioned a few posts back, and I couldn't be happier! To celebrate, I've spent time in the kitchen this week, late at night, with a few Christmas tunes on play, baking away. It was quiet, peaceful and just what I needed to relieve some of the tiredness from my weary bones.
One of my creations was a recipe I've been eying for a while. The applesauce spice bars seems so untypical of what you might find this time of year, yet so seasonally appropriate at the same time. I decided to add them to my Ten-Days-of-Christmas-Cookies feature, just for their yummy taste alone, but I also like how they look.
I love seeing an assortment of goodies set out to nosh on when sharing a warm beverage during visits with dear friends and family. The more variety, and flavour, the better as far as I'm concerned. My boys thoroughly enjoy these and my little guy insist they pair perfectly with milk. He's a wonderful cook, so I trust his seven-year-old opinion completely!
I'm sure you're all busy with holiday activities this week, so I wish you a wonderful, safe and happy time. Happy weekending everyone!
Applesauce Spice Bars, adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
For the glaze:
2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts
~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
~ Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda and nutmeg and set aside.
~ In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and incorporate well. Add the applesauce and vanilla and whisk until all ingredients are well blended.
~ Using a rubber spatula, blend the flour into the wet ingredients, mixing until the flour disappears.
~ Pour into the sprayed pan and bake for 23 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
~ While the cake is cooling make your glaze. Combine the cream, sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and walnuts in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for five minutes, stirring often.
~ Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and smooth with the spatula. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.