The Country Cook: Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies
                                                   

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies

Apple season is in full swing here in Virginia. September is our big month for apples and the season starts winding down mid-October. The further north you go, the farther out apple season goes. So here in Virginia I can get fresh apples in September, then head up to Pennsylvania and get some fantastic apples in October. And they're saying this is going to be a fantastic apple season! 
The orchard near me already has Gala Apples, Empires and Early Goldens. So in celebration, I thought I would share a yummy apple recipe. This recipe actually combines some of my favorite flavors: apples and maple syrup! Now, I am fortunate that I can usually get my hands on fresh maple syrup from my family. They make their own maple syrup up in Wisconsin and it usually makes it's way down to me here in Virginia. But I am currently out of this golden elixir from my family. So, I had to grab a bottle of the real stuff from the store. 
If you have real maple syrup, you are going to want to use it in this recipe. But, the good news is, if all you have is Mrs. Butterworth on hand, then you can use that too. Eat it all by itself or warm it up and serve with ice cream. 
This one totally hit it out of the park. Ahhhh....welcome back to fall recipes and apple season!
Ingredients:
for the blondies:
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Eggland's Best eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3 cups chopped peeled green apples

for the glaze:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper. You want to make sure the parchment paper goes up the sides. It will help with removing the blondies after cooking. 
 In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, melted butter, syrup and vanilla until blended.
 Then beat in eggs.
 In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda.
Gradually add flour mixture into brown sugar mixture. Adding just a little at a time so the flour doesn't fly everywhere.
 Finally stir in chopped apples.
 If you think this is good now - just wait!
 Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
Just before blondies are finished baking, prepare the glaze. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
 Stir in syrup and brown sugar.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
 Pour glaze over warm blondies. 
 Spread it all over. 
Allow blondies to cool completely. Then cut into 16 bars.
Serve with ice cream and maybe a little drizzled maple syrup on top!
Enjoy!



Recipe source: Taste of Home
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1 comment :

  1. Apple pastries with vanilla ice cream on top is a match made in heaven. It's like they were truly meant to be together. This, apple pie, apple dumplings... all great on their own, but on a whole new level with just some vanilla ice cream on top.

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