Tuesdays with Dorie: Applesauce Spice Bars

August 18, 2009 at 1:23 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, cookies & bars, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 27 Comments

applesauce spice bars

Apples, cinnamon and brown sugar…these are flavors that make me instantly think of fall, but, really, I enjoy them anytime of year.  Karen of Something Sweet by Karen must, too, because she’s picked Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars for this week’s TWD

These bars weren’t exactly what I expected, but I mean that in a good way.  I was thinking they’d bake up into something chewy and kind of dense, but they were actually like a snack cake..super moist and with a cake-style crumb.  A toffee-like glaze sweetly seals the deal.  I couldn’t just stop at the itty-bitty bar-sized potions Dorie suggested, so we ate bigger squares.  We enjoyed them so much that next time I’ll make more than just a third of a recipe (which baked up nicely in a loaf pan). 

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Something Sweet by Karen.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Glad you enjoyed them and I agree, the are a snack cake

  2. Gorgeous picture as usual–and so sharp. Yours is always the first one I check out.

  3. Your toffee-like glaze has such a deep, rich color — it looks great!

  4. That glaze looks amazing. Just like a sticky date pudding, but richer!

  5. I agree – Dorie’s servings would have been tiny. I ended up with 16 decent sized bars – half the number that Dorie did.

  6. That looks truly decadent!

  7. I love the way your caramel glaze turned out! They look wonderful. 🙂

  8. I enjoyed this recipe. Your bars look very good. I think I’ll make again in the fall!

  9. I had the same reaction to the texture- I thought it would be more dense and not chewy. I was okay with it too. I love how well I can see the glaze on yours!

  10. Looks delicious. A third of the recipe would have been the perfect amount. I liked these a lot more than I thought I would.

  11. I did half a recipe in the loaf pan. It was thicker, of course, but then you can cut the pieces smaller and pretend you aren’t eating as much 🙂

  12. I love your photo !!! The bars were delightful, I agree !

  13. yum, these look so moist and delicious! i love baking with applesauce.

  14. Love your pic! Looks so great!! I too was expecting something different, but I loved how they turned out nonetheless!

  15. They look fab!

  16. Loved them, too! Im excited for the September lineup though. What do you think?

  17. OMG, those look so good. Spice cake was my very favorite as a child. It still ranks up there,

  18. That close up says it all. They were good, and yours look amazing.

  19. glad you liked them. i agree, they were kind of like a snack cake and actually way more “fall” than i anticipated. i still have your apple snack cake on my list to make, by the way. i was ready at one point and we ate all the dried apples before i had a chance to make them!! 🙂 that crispy sugary topping still calls my name!!!

  20. I went with bigger squares as well 🙂 Snack cake is the perfect term for this as well. And your description makes me wish I hadn’t skipped the glaze!

  21. I’m with you…I definitely liked that they were more cakey than bar cookie like. I’m a sucker for all things cake.

  22. You know your glaze sold me on making these. After a school supply trip to the store I think I’ll whip up a recipe of these. Sounds like something my Mom and Dad would enjoy sharing as well. Might be just the right pick me up for them 🙂 Thanks Steph. They really looks delicious and comforting.
    Amy Ruth

  23. your glaze looks nice and dark. definitely make a full recipe next time!

  24. This is my kinda thing! I love the fall and anything with apples and brown sugar calls my name!

  25. Yum! These look lovely. I was surprised by the cakey texture too. But they were yummy.

  26. I loved these too! Your bars look delicious, especially that glaze 🙂 I gave most of mine away so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat the whole pan!

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