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TWD: Applesauce Spice Bars August 18, 2009

If you have ever read any of my blog, you will know that fruit is not really my thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a nice, crisp, coldrock cakes, baked eggs, and applesauce bars 011 apple or a juicy peach or plump, sweet grapes.  But fruit to me is…well…fruit.  It doesn’t belong in sweets.

Yet, time and time I seem to prove myself wrong.  Both banana bread and blueberry muffins are about as delicious as they come.  I was delighted with Nigella’s pineapple upside down cake and Dorie Greenspan’s apple crisp was fabulous.

And now Dorie has done it again.

This week Karen from Something Sweet by Karen ( chose Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars.  When I made them yesterday, I was feeling a little out of sorts.  I had just come home after being away for a few days so I guess I was just trying to get back in the swing of things.  I felt like I was trying to think of a hundred different things at the same time and not concentrating on any of them.  That was my state of mind as I approached this recipe.  The one day I needed chocolate I get stuck with apples.

Thank goodness it was so easy to prepare.  The hardest thing to was peel and chop the apple.  Which I forgot to do until I was ready to add it.  Oh well…no harm done.  I made myself follow the recipe to a T.  I’m not big on raisins but I added them anyway.  I used golden raisins which I find sweeter and nicer than regular ones.  I’m not a huge fan of nuts in baked goods like this but I put them in.  I’m not a drinker but I happened to have some rum on hand, which I added in lieu of the applejack (which I always figured was a cereal).

The batter for these bars is prepared in a saucepan after melted butter and brown sugar are mixed together.  I like that I didn’t need any special equipment, no electric mixer.  It was just me and the ingredients.  I started to relax a little.  After all how can melted butter and brown sugar be bad?

After the bars baked, I poured on the glaze (more melted butter, brown sugar, and, this time, cream) and waited for them to cool.  When it was time to make dinner, I snuck a bite.  They were still slightly warm but I discovered, to my delight, that they were pretty good.  After a few more minutes, I tried another bite.  They were really moist and good.  Before dinner was quite ready, I tried them again.  Wait a minute…I actually like these!  Before I knew it, I had nibbled away a whole end of the pan.  Luckily, it was the short end.  There aren’t a lot of raisins in so I hardly noticed them.  When I did, they just added a nice sweet plumpness.  The nuts were a nice contrast in texture that I didn’t mind a bit and you can’t taste the rum at all.

These are really a nice little snack bar — a great after school snack, or a sweet ending to lunch with friends, or a nice, light dessert after a heavy dinner served with a bit of vanilla ice cream.  I’d say these bars are a hit.  I guess I’m beginning to change my mind about fruit.  Maybe it can be a dessert.

Don’t get me wrong.  Chocolate will always reign supreme in my book, but a change can be nice too.

To view the recipe for Applesauce Spice Bars please visit Karen at