Apple Brown Butter Bars

I made these bars while I was in Michigan. There was an abundance of apples everywhere. After first landing we went to a cider mill and got a big bag of apples. Then when we got to my great grandpa's house we found that a neighbor had dropped of two big boxes of apples for him. So most everything we made had apples in it.

These seem like a cross between a cake and a cookie. The apples get all nice and juicy while baking and of course the browned butter mades every flavor richer.

Mine stuck to the pan terribly. Everything seemed to there. No matter how much I would line, spray or butter and flour pans, it all got suck. Good thing I was making it for people whole didn't care if it stuck, just as long as it tasted good. I baked so much stuff on that trip, but these bar were one of my favorites. You could subsitute lots of different fruit, I think the original one called for cherries or maybe plums from Smitten Kitten, which looked great.

apple brown butter bars

Crust
7 tbsp (99g) butter, melted
1/3 cup (66g) sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 1 tbsp (133g) flour
pinch of salt

Filling
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1/4 cup (31g) flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup (114g) butter, diced
1 lb apples, peeled & diced

Oven 375. Line a 8x8 pan with parchment.

Mix butter, sugar & vanilla. Add flour & salt. Press
into bottom of pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden
brown. Let cool.

Place butter in a saucepan & let brown. Set aside
& let cool. Whisk sugar, eggs & salt in a bowl. 
Add flour & vanilla. Gradually add in butter. 
Arrange apples on the crust then pour the filling
over. Bake until puffed & golden, 40 minutes.
Cool completely.

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