It's apple time and I thought I would start a thread where we can share our favorite apple recipes. (Other than apple pie, that perennial topic can easily fill its own thread.)
I'll start with my mother-in-law's recipe for Apple Brownies. I made them today to bring to a farewell reception. What I like about this recipe is it is super easy to make, ingredients are readily at hand, and people love them.
Joan's Apple Brownies
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup diced peeled apples apples (about two medium apples)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8 x 8-inch baking pan/dish and line with parchment paper for easy removal.
2. In a bowl, sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
3. Cream butter and egg with a mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and blend well.
5. Stir in apples and (optional) nuts.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. (Can also use the toothpick test.) Cool. Remove from pan. Cut into squares. Makes 16-20 depending on size.
The Apple Brownies I made today: