Mom's Apple Squares with Maple Glaze

Does it look like fall yet in your neck of the woods?  It does here.  The leaves have finally started to turn, some of them having tumbled to the ground already, just waiting to be raked into big piles of kid romping fun.  The only thing that doesn't feel like fall is the temperature.  My son is still running around in short sleeves and shorts, and I'm still waiting for the chance to pull out his fall clothes.  Long sleeved thermal shirts, hooded sweatshirts, jeans and jackets, these are a few of my favorite la la.  Before I break into song and scare you away forever, I will get to the matter at hand.  Food.  Namely, apples.

I know everyone is pulling out their apple recipes, pushing up their sleeves and whipping up hoards of apple sauce, apple butter, apple cake, apple everything.  Apple, apple, apple.  Have you ever said a word enough times, that it begins to sound weird?  Sorta like spoon.  Spoon.  Spoon.  OK, I'll stop now:)  I'm afraid I'll be joining the ranks of the apple-dish-making-fiends, and since I've already gotten a start with my Harvest Apple Cookies, I'll proceed to my next recipe.  Mom's Apple Squares with Maple Glaze.  These little apple squares are the perfect combination of apples and spice, and have the perfect texture.  A little crunchy on the outside, yet soft and moist on the inside.  I added a little pure maple syrup to the glaze to give it that little something extra.  These were good enough to get my son's vote, and I will be making them again.

Mom's Apple Squares with Maple Glaze
Printable Recipe

3 large eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute any oil, like coconut)
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (whole wheat pastry flour would substitute well)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups chopped unpeeled apples (Braeburn, Gala, or similar)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Glaze
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (can use maple extract also)

For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350F.  Coat a 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick baking spray with flour; set aside.  Leave the apples unpeeled, but remove core and chop the apples into small pieces.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine eggs and salt.  Beat at medium speed until frothy, about 1 minute.  Add the sugar and oil, and beat until blended.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, and beat just until combined. 

Fold in the apples, nuts and vanilla.  Pour into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.  Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and set.  Set the pan on a wire rack, let cool. 

For the Glaze:
In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, butter and enough milk to make a spreadable consitency.  This was about 2 tablespoons for me. Mix until smooth. Add the tablespoon of maple syrup/maple extract, and stir.  Spread over the mostly cooled cake.  Let the frosting set, then cut into bars.

Tip: You can also bake this cake in ramekins, just fill with batter about 1/2 - 2/3 full.  If you fill too high it will spill over the sides.  Bake until cake is golden and set, about 30-35 minutes.  I set a small amount of my batter aside to make one ramekin, and my son loved having his own individual sized cake.

(adapted from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Fall 2010)


Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

wow, that looks delicious! great autumn recipe. the glaze is a nice touch.

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

Goodness that looks delicious! Love the maple perfect with apples!

Carolyn said...

These really look incredible! I love anything with a maple glaze, so I am sold on these.

Anonymous said...

Looks so yumm.
My kids love apples and this would be real hit with them.

Dimah said...

These sound and look awesome!

Emily Malloy said...

Yum. I love this! And that it's a recipe from MOM! Awesome :-)

Monet said...

These look like a wonderful fall treat. It is still too warm here in Austin to truly feel like fall has arrived, but baking recipes like this could make the season seem more present. I also love seeing recipes from bloggers' moms...they are usually the very best!

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

I'd say keep them Apple recipes coming!!! One of my favorite fruits ever and these bars look incredible. And of course "mom recipes" are the best :o)

The Weekend Gourmet said...

My husband LOVES apple pie, but I don't do pie crust. That's too much baking for me ;)! But...this I could do, and I think he'd love me for it!!

Rita said...

I've just stopped by your blog and I've felt the urge to tell you that it's amazing! The recipes are delicious and the pictures are so beautiful!! You are an artist: the way you present your dishes is aesthetically splendid! They all look like masterpieces. Many many compliments, really.

briarrose said...

Looks wonderful. Always room for another fab apple recipe. ;)

Anonymous said...

Those are delicious. Like a more in-your-face apple pie... with maple! Your mom is a smart woman.



Torviewtoronto said...

delicious way to eat apples love the individual cups

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

I'm going apple picking this Sunday and am already collecting recipes. Thanks for sharing this one! It looks great!

Becky said...

You can never have too many apple recipes;) This one looks scrumptious, and the Maple Glaze, mmm..
I'm saving this one.

Lisa said...

Those bars look so chock full of apples. I especially like the one in the ramekin, it's so cute and seems the most fun to eat.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Love the twist on yours! When are the leaves going to start falling?

4evaRisa said...

Those look excellent. I wish I could have one right now.

BakingWithoutaBox said...

These look wonderful. I just love the little individual cake. Saved this!

eileen said...

Those apple squares look delish. I've been thinking all week I should make something fall-ish. Those would be a real treat!

Gree said...

Love the little cake in the ramekin, and I also like how CHOCK FULL of apples this cake is.. delicious! Unfortunately our apples season is winding down so I will have to go from apple fiend to squash fiend or something..

Zoe said...

Love this unique apple recipe. very yummy.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

It really doesn't look like fall in the Bay Area yet but I'm so into maple glazes lately that I have to try the combo with the apples! These look like fantastic bars for a snack!

Savoring Italy said...

Oh yum! The leaves aren't changing here but I still love apple recipes this time of year. Well, any time of year;)

Unknown said...

Thanks for letting me sample these! They are as good as they look folks!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Mmm!! Anything with "Mom's" in the title has to be good. I haven't started my apple phase yet, but this one is urging me to get going!

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look so good! I hope my apple supply can handle all of the yummy apple recipes I want to make. :)

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, those look so amazingly good :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

The apple bars look SOOO good and I also love how you put the cake into ramekins. How creative! Mmmm I can't stop drooling. :)

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Anonymous said...

These look so appley-crumbly-mapley delicious! Definitely one to try out soon!

Anonymous said...

Yum! It finally feels like fall here and it's definitely inspiring me to bust out the best mom recipes :) Love this one!

Anonymous said...

I bookmarked these a while ago and just might have to make them tonight! It's the first snow here and I haven't made anything appley yet on my brand new blog...unacceptable!

Thanks for the beautiful step-by-step photos! said...

I made this yesterday & took to a potluck type dinner last night. EVERYONE loved this recipe! They were gone in a heartbeat. I left out the nuts and no one seemed to mind :)

Thank you so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Stephanie, I'm so glad you liked these:) They are definitely yummy!

Alex said...

I made these over the weekend and they were delicious! I halved the recipe and stuck it in an 8x8 pan and it worked out just fine, although because of the halving and pan size, it was thicker than it is in your picture, and it was more cake-y. Just in case anyone wanted to know. It was awesome, anyway, so thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Anonymous said...

Do you really need 1 cup of oil - any chance to lessen that or sub something else?

Unknown said...

Anonymous - This recipe is very moist, so you could try decreasing the oil a little if you wanted to. Since it is an apple recipe, you could also try substituting some of the oil with applesauce too. I can't say what the result would be, since I haven't tried it this way, but it's worth a shot :)

Anonymous said...

How many servings does this make??

Unknown said...

It really depends on how you slice your portions. It uses a 10x15 sheet pan, so roughly about 15 squares.

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