Merry christmas apple bars
The holidays are coming soon and you might think what to bake for christmas? Merry christmas apple bars is a typical christmas baking sweetness. For this recipe I am using Vienna dough (European pie crust) and frangipane which is almond cream. This makes Vienna dough very soft with almond flavor. I prepare both recipes a day before and let it stay overnight in the refrigerator. You will see the next day both recipes are ready for use.
Because this is a busy time for our catering service, I am preparing as many Vienna Dough up front. When you bake this recipe, you can do this one day up front and let it stay overnight in the refrigerator. Same goes for frangipane recipe. This is almond cream with eggs. I am preparing this up front too. The flavors adjust quick when this stays in the freezer or refrigerator. So there is alot to do up front during the holidays.
Merry christmas apple bars
Apple bar filling
Apple pies have always apple/raisin filling with a pinch of cinnamon. We bake these bars during the holidays with our own gingerbread spices. These spices contains 5 to 6 spices. gingerbread gives these Merry christmas apple bars more of a smell of christmas. We blend these spices ourselves with orange zest. When you use only cinnamon for these apple bars, that is fine as well. Apple pies or bars have the combination of apple, raisins and cinnamon. Make sure your filling is with sugar and lemon too.
Merry christmas apple bars with powdered sugar
Baking apple bars
For this recipe I am using an oblong or rectangular baking tin (8 x 12 inch). The combination of dough and frangipane is: Butter a baking tin and cover with baking paper. Which is parchment paper ofcourse! I split Vienna dough in half, so I have 1 part for the bottom of the baking pan and the other part comes on top of the frangipane. Then you have a beginning of an bar. When I am baking Merry christmas apple bars, the dough remains soft because of the frangipane. When the apple bar mix is on top of the dough, I brush this off with apricot sauce.
The best way to bake Merry christmas apple bars is on 330F/165C for about 50 minutes! I always put my oven rack onto lowest section in my oven, so this is easier to watch the process in the oven. When the apple bar is ready, then I will let it cool off until room temperature. When you cut into an apple bar when it is still warm, your apple bar will break easily. Also with parchment paper it is easier to remove the apple bar out of the baking tin (make sure your parchment paper is a little longer). The last part is to cut into a big apple bar in smaller portions. I cut these bars into 8 pieces and I start cut this apple bar vertical in the middle. Then you have on both parts apple bars. Anyway I hope you enjoy my holiday baking recipe