Monday, November 24, 2014

Jane Dough/ French Apple Oatmeal Bars go Naughty

Apples, Raisin and Oats get 'naughty'ied up with big thick ribbons of Rum ( I'm talking Captain Morgan :P )  glaze... Spice in the bars... spice in the glaze too ;) My French Apple Oatmeal bars are reminiscent of those little pies we loved as children with spicy apples, raisins topped with glaze.... and my bars have a lovely, silky fluffiness to them...

2 Apples, cored, peeled, finely diced ( I use Fuji Apples in my baking)
1/4 Tsp. ground Allspice  
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Place the above items in a small saucepan... cover & cook them at low to medium heat at stovetop, until the apples become tender and translucent. Let slightly cool.

Preheat your oven to 350'. In a Large mixing bowl mix: Mix:

1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1 Tsp. ground Cinnamon
3/4 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter, melted, slightly cooled
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

Fold in the cooked and cooled Apples.
Spread in a  greased and floured 13x9 baking pan   

Bake in pre-heated oven until golden brown and and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let the bars completely cool. Make a simple glaze with Confectioner's Sugar and real Rum ( for Grown-up kids) or use Rum extract ( If real kids plan to eat the bars ) Run big ribbons of glaze over the bars and enjoy... :)

Autumn with a GardenVibe

The color of Autumn is a flash of joy for my eyes ... but memory of days past, color my heart in a way that endures... 
Happy here & now, to you, from my Garden. And I wish you memories that color your life in a beautiful way....
                ....Autumn is a favorite time of year for me. I take full advantage of moderating weather and opportunity to plant Fall color in the beds around my home. I have started adding lovely color to our yard by planting an old fashioned favorite of mine, Chrysanthemums. Aside from their varied color and texture that they lend to the garden, they are wonderfully amenable to extending their flowering season. This is accomplished thru 'Deadheading' them... Jerry Garcia not required.. but you could play his tunes while you take care of your posies :)
Wonderful memories come back to me whenever I work outside in my Garden. Of days spent out in the forest near my childhood home. I would say that the memories of my time spent in the forest greatly influence how I approach Gardening. I would call my style of growing flowers, shrubbery and trees rather 'Woodland' in nature. I tend to allow my plants to follow their own nature....

Beauty is free..In the warmth of spicy breeze..
                               Speaking hopefully in the rustle of leaves..
                                                             Before they...


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