Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lizzie's Apple Squares

I was recently asked to make a dessert for a "fall comfort food" themed dinner. I knew wanted to feature apple or pumpkin as the star ingredient. Considering that I've been baking a lot of pumpkin whoopie pies this season, I decided to make my mother's apple squares, a favorite of mine growing up. I had long assumed that it was one of our family recipes, but recently discovered that was not the case. I must give credit to our long time family friends and neighbors' Auntie Lizzie, the woman responsible for these autumn treats. They are perfect served warm out of the oven or chilled (I actually prefer them chilled).

Recipe after the jump!

Lizzie's Apple Squares

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chocolate chips (honestly, I used a whole bag of chocolate chips)
3 cups apples* chopped 

*Some good baking apples are Rome, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Pippin, Gala, Braeburn, Cortland and Winesap

1. Mix flour sugar, oil, eggs, baking soda and cinnamon with mixer.  Batter will be thick. 

2. Mix in apples and chocolate chips by hand.  

3. Pour batter into 13 x 9 greased pan.  Bake approximately 1 hour until cake tests done at 350 degrees.

4. Cut into squares and serve.

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