Monday, May 27, 2013

Start of Summer

As a child Memorial Day meant the start of the family cabin season. Grandpa built a cabin in northern Minnesota in the late 40s to be a gathering place for all the family. As a child every summer holiday meant Grandma, Grandpa, the aunts and uncles, and all the cousins were up at the cabin together enjoying the freedom that being away from the city means. Many of the other weekends were also many of us up there but something about the holiday weekend, having 3 days with my family buddies was special.

One of the most important things about about the weekends was Danish Apple Bars. My aunt brought them up to the cabin once and a tradition was started. There were very few weekends that didn't include these wonderful bars. They're like apple pie bars with vanilla icing on top. Yum!

I haven't had a chance to make them in a few year cause I know if a make a pan of them without a place to bring them, I'll eat the whole pan. They're that good! But I decided to start the summer by giving you the recipe. Trust me. Make them and you can thank me later.

Danish Apple Bars

2 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 T sugar
1 C shortening
2 Egg yolks
1/4 C milk*
1 C corn flake crumbs
6 Apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 dash salt
4 tsp butter
2 egg whites

Powered Sugar Icing

*Amount of milk depends on size of egg yolks

Sift flour, salt, and sugar together. Cut in shortening.
Put 2 egg yolks in measuring cup and add milk to make it 1/2 C. Add dry mixture and blend with fork. Divide dough in half.
Roll 1/2 mixture to fit jelly roll pan. Top with corn flakes crumbs.
Mix apple slices, sugar, cinnamon and salt in bowl. Place in pan and dab with butter.
Roll remaining dough and place on top. Brush with beaten egg whites. Bake 400 F for 45 minutes.
Drizzle with powdered sugar icing.

Powdered Sugar Icing

1 C powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 T milk
Combine in small bowl. Add more milk as needed to make drizzle consistancy.

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