Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Post #155: TWD Applesauce Spice Bars

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I made these babies around 9 last night.  The whole house smelled terrific! From start to finish, I loved this recipe. It is a good old-fashioned pantry recipe. The moist cake bars are wonderfully good with chunks of apple bits, pecan pieces, and fruit chunks.  It was a little taste of fall in the summer. I am always amazed how moist desserts made with applesauce are.


I used a Very Berry Fruit Blend to substitute for the raisins called for in the recipe. The blend consisted of a variety of dried cherries, raisins, currants, and blueberries!


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I also used a Cripps (sounds ghetto) Pink Lady apple as my baking apple of choice.


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This is a closeup of my masterpiece. Can you see how the apples, nuts, and berries come through? Love it!

I decided to forgo the glaze and sprinkled with confectioner's sugar instead.


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Oh, I also drizzled some caramel sauce on top, too.

This bar was too hard for me to resist. I spent 220 of my calories on just a little bar. Might as well have added the heavy whipping cream glaze!  Oh, well.

Thanks so much to Karen of Something Sweet for choosing this great recipe. It was easy and great tasting. My kind of recipe.  I am going to try to give this recipe a "caloric" makeover.  Will post as soon as I get it right.

Don't forget to see what other Dessert Delights the TWD'ers made this week.

20 comments:

Megan said...

At least yours resemble bars. Mine - not so much.

myfamousrecipe said...

Your caramel glaze looks like a great addition. Ugh, too bad about the calories. I was eating these for breakfast AND dessert.

Kayte said...

Those look so good, love the powdered sugar on top and will give that a try sometime as I have a feeling that during apple orchard season these are going to see some playing time for a few weeks. The little drizzle makes it look so special. Nice subs in there, too...love it.

Cheryl said...

Yummy, my husband would love these!

carmencooks said...

Ooh, I probably should have forgone the glaze too, since I didn't think it was anything all that special. Yum. :)

Melissa said...

They look great with that caramel sauce drizzled on top! Yum!

Jennifer said...

Love the powdered sugar on the top of yours...they look really good.

And I have to agree, applesauce does make baked goods really moist and it always surprises me!

Nice job!

Jennifer said...

What I hate it how fast one can consume 220 calories, yet how long it takes to burn off 220!

I liked these bars, too, and can't wait to make them during the fall apple season. You nailed it when you said they are the perfect pantry recipe, as I would usually have everything on hand to make these.

Cakelaw said...

I love the mixed fruit that you used - sounds delish!!! I have given up counting the calories - I pretend that they don't exist for now.

Flourchild said...

Great idea using that yummy caramel sauce! I love your bars, they look so moist!

Leslie said...

This looks wonderful! I loved how it smelled while it was baking, but the glaze, the glaze... for me, it was the best part, really tied all the flavors together.

Melissa said...

One of my favorite things about the Fall is the smell of baking bread. I'm glad I'm not the only one who makes the Fall stuff in the Summer. =)Your bars look delish!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love how you plated it with the caramel!

Donna-FFW said...

These sound fantastic and they look even better. The caramel glaze looks fantastic..great addition!

pinkstripes said...

Your bars look wonderful. 220 calories! oh,no.

Jules Someone said...

I skipped the glaze. I'm beginning to think I shouldn't have. That looks just delicious!

somethingsweetbykaren said...

caramel sauce sounds delicious. i'm glad you liked the bars. i need your caloric makeover for these bad, we ate the whole pan in one night which can't be good!! :)

Jaime said...

aww but the glaze on these is so good! try it next time :) great job

Mermaid Sweets said...

These look amazing - I am doing them this week - so behind.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. These do look DELISH! I love apple desserts in the fall! I told Kaish we might make an apple cake tomorrow!