Fresh Apple Crumble Bars

Recipe for Fresh Apple Crumble Bars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Crust and Topping:


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces


Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside. Put the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a food processor and pulse to mix. Scatter the butter over the dry mixture and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal and holds together when pressed between your fingers. Press a little more than half of the mixture into the prepared pan, banking it about ½ inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, along with the remaining crust/topping mixture. Remove the crust from the fridge and bake on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.


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lemon juice

When a recipe calls for lemon juice, what actual purpose does it do, and can you use something else in its place? Thank you.

lemon juice in apple pie

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Hi, Patsy. A lot of apple pie or cobbler or crisp recipes call for you to toss apples in lemon juice. This is to prevent the apples from browning. In this recipe, the lemon juice balances out the sweetness of the apples. You could sub the lemon juice with lime juice or even apple cider vinegar. If using vinegar, only use half as much as is called for.

Do you have any gluten-free

Do you have any gluten-free apple or pumpkin recipes?

For a gluten free version:

For a gluten free version: I've used the brand name of "King Arthur's Gluten free flour" and use the correct amt of Xanthan Gum for the recipe.

Here is the conversion usage for Xanthan Gum:
Add xanthan gum to the dry ingredients before mixing with the wet. For cakes and cookies, add 1 tsp xanthan gum per 1 cup flour; for breads and doughs, add 2 tsp xanthan gum per 1 cup flour.

I've been successful using this method for my GF friends and they it tastes the same is the gluten version!
Good luck! =)

Is it possible to post the

Is it possible to post the nutrition value with your recipes? Thank you

Yeah, you know how much of

Yeah, you know how much of the food you can eat at Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, etc. This stuff sounds good but without information it's useless.

I substituted whole wheat

I substituted whole wheat flour and dried cranberries for the raisins. These were delicious. I highly recommend them.

Oh I like the cranberry idea.

Oh I like the cranberry idea. My son hates raisins.