This is a truly rare event lately; I’m posting my TWD efforts for this week on time!
For today’s recipe Karen of Something Sweet by Karen picked Applesauce Spice Bars on pages 117 and118. I know there isn’t a lick of chocolate anywhere in this recipe, but I loved the picture in the book and it was just such a comforting homey type of recipe.
Actually, this is the second time I’ve made this recipe. The first time was a little over a month ago as a little something sweet to keep morale up when my team had to put in a full weekend at work (literally, round the clock full weekend – they definitely deserved a little something sweet). For my first go at the recipe I did stick pretty much to the way it was written. I omitted the alcohol and I subbed walnuts for the pecans since that is what I had on hand and I used dark raisins, again because that is what I had on hand.
This time I made a few more changes to the recipe. Instead of just omitting the alcohol I substituted about 2 teaspoons of butter pecan extract. I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins (I did reconstitute the cranberries before adding them since they tend to be a bit tougher than raisins). I increased the diced apple by about 1/2 of an apple (golden delicious – about the only type of apple that wasn’t looking sad and sorry at the store this week). I doubled the glaze recipe and replaced half the vanilla with butter pecan extract.
When all was said and done these were excellent. They were extremely moist and tender; one of the first things “Prince Charming” commented on. I personally loved the hint of tartness from the cranberries and the glaze was just perfect in both texture and flavor (although a bit messy when cutting – lots of sticking to the knife). I think these are something that I will make again, although likely in the fall when the apple selection is a bit better.
Thank you to Karen for selecting this recipe! I highly recommend stopping over on her site to grab this recipe and try it for yourself.