Applesauce Spice Bars (TWD)

Tuesday, August 18

Karen, of the lovely blog Something Sweet by Karen , chose Applesauce Spice Bars as this week's recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons ( I know there are only four ). But I am not ready to switch gears yet. Or so I thought. My imagination easily becomes interwoven with books, movies, and recipes. When I bake, read, or watch something, I try put all my senses into that particular subject. So when I read a book that takes place during Medieval England or France, I like to have music of that genre playing in the background and when I put the book down I feel as though I am part of the story. My backyard is no longer simply a yard, it is a moody landscape with far away wind swept moors. And after watching certain movies, any stranger could be a spy or the sky could erupt with fiery tornadoes at any minute.
The same rules apply for baking. My thoughts turned immediately to Autumn as I made this recipe. The crisp air, the bright red foliage, my favourite light grey sweater, and of course apples. These bars are one of the best I have ever had. They are more like an extremely moist spice cake! I love that you incorporate an apple and applesauce into the dough. The apple offers a refreshing, soft crunch and a pleasing texture. The applesauce raises the apple flavour even more and keeps the bars from becoming too dry and cakey.
My favourite part of these bars is the caramel frosting. I took some suggestions and doubled the recipe so it was nice and thick! This frosting/glaze is so good that I plan on using it on other recipes for some layer cakes or even a plain brownie. The flavour is so rich and buttery. It reminds me of the caramel glaze some donuts are drizzled with, only 10x better because this is made from scratch. The beautiful light tan caramel frosting is the perfect match for the appley ( is that a word? ) bars.
When you eat these you first notice how moist they are. You can feel the tiny pockets and holes that the crushed apple and nuts are nestled into. The cinnamon and all spice are very subtle but they add a lovely light spicey kiss to the overall flavour. The frosting almost melts into the bars while you are chewing on a bite. The caramel take the apples, nuts, and cinnamon on a sweet waltz through your taste buds. If it were in season, Some hot, mulled cider would be the perfect companion to these bars. You can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours. Or you can visit Something Sweet by Karen.


  1. it looks like you have a thing for bars at the moment too! They all look super tasty!

  2. Hi Ash! Yes, I am going through a bar phase. When the craving for something thick and rich strikes, there is nothing better. :) I feel a cake craving coming on soon!

  3. Thanks Avanika. :) I always seem to crave the things I bake long after they are gone.

  4. They look gorgeous and so moist - love the thick glaze!
    Very well done!

  5. It's June -- why am I making a fall recipe? Well, it is unseasonably cold, and pouring rain. But the truth is, these bars looked so good, I would have made them in 90 degree weather! And they are absolutely as good as they looked. Yum!


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