Wednesday, November 24, 2010


 A bit back ,when i joined BWD , i was excited to try Chaya's choice of Bake ,Apple bars galore!
Actually from the day i know i have to bake this , i have been having cravings!

Ofcourse i love all of DOrie's recipe but this one somehow fitted into the thanksgiving moment!
It has Apple and Spice and all things nice, u cant go wrong here ,can u!

If u love Dorie's recipes, u must join in BWD, barely any rules , u can bake when u can , and its so muc fun to bake along together, u'll be welcomed with warm arms into this small group that has lods of space for u all!
 Love everything about them specially since i not only had some applesauce but also wanted make some more with this recipe i baked.
Ever since i baked this Crumble i love Apple sauce in every variety!

We have to begin with Apple sauce allright coz besides we rarely findin this on our store shelves,this is something i love to make, absolutely easy and delicious too!

Whether its a host of Rasberry Jello recipes  or delicious Apple sauce with berries or another lovely Big Oven recipe or jus a rasberry Apple sauce cake or if the word Grandma somehow enhances recipes for you,like it does for me or maybe u jus want to buy some good berry applesauce.

So lets get going with the apple sauce , where begins all this deliciousness.
 U need to use ur fav tools and peel and core the washed apples first!
Tools make a pretty picture and help u go thru easily and quickly, not that u want to hurry up work so enjoyable as this.
The plums , they dont get peeled , jus well washed , thats how i got that deep pink hue, i begun with 1 plum but touched 7:-)
And chopped .U need to toss all the chopped fruit in lime juice , zest and a bit of both the sugars and keep aside.

 Now heat a pan / pressure cooker {see tips and recipe below} , and add all the sugar with some lime and apple juice , a squeeze each, and as the sugar colors ,add in all the Kerrygold Butter  ur using.
I managed to take it to the lite at this stage so i could take a pic , jus for u, see how muc i love u and i love the Kerrygold Butter melting into the bubbling sugar too, imagine when all this caramelly goodness coats the fruit.

Also spiced with a curl of cinnamon , a clove or 2 , a cardamon and a few more goodies , this one rocks!
Add a berry or 2 for color and u have pots of yummy sauce!
 I loveee the pink of this Apple sauce and the richness the Kerrygold Butter adds, yummy anytime..
 Recipe for the Kerrygold Buttery Apple Plum Pink sauce with love from Mia.

Apples- 2 large, 1 smaller , 1 small-peeled , cored , chopped
7 california plums ,chopped but not peeled
Brown sugar-1/4 cup & some more
White Sugar-1/4 Cup & some more
20 gramsKerrygold Butter to 55 grams Kerrygold Butter
400 ml apple juice sweet
Whole Cinnamon/cardomon/a clove
Fresh Lemon Juice

~~~Use different varieties of apples, love the sweet and tart that come together so beautifully for suprise bites.
~~~i began with 1 plum but loved the hue so muc that ended adding 7 luscious plums, some small ,some large.I was happy i did.

~~~Sugar, in any combi, can be decreased or increased or even honey or splenda subbed in~~~
~~~Kerrygold Butter, this is a buttery sauce remember,  u can add anything from 20grams to 55 grams , lemme be honest , i added more.
~~~apple juice is a MUST addition to take this sauce to appley heights u'll totally love, i think apple cider ,boiled cider or apple cider powder would be a fantastic substitute.
~~~For spices ,anything u love goes, cinnamon, a clove or 2, cardomon, and ofcourse vanilla. I sure did think of rose water and saffron too , it would be lovely to look at too ,but will have to leave out the plums for that.

~~~Now i did this in a pressure cooker , but u can in ur fav pan too, i love what the pressure cooker does to this , cooks in its own steam& heat + seals in the moisture and flavor , but u have to cook it a little later , opened , if the liquid is too muc.

  • Wash,Peel , core and chop apples to different sizes , this i do for texture and for the fine pieces to mash up during the cooking.
  • Chop the plums too , but do not peel them , so yeah u have to wash them well.
  • Zest some lime atop that , squeeze in some juice too , sprinkle a little of the 2 sugars and toss.
  • Heat a pan/ pressure cooker, and add in the sugars , lime juice {half a lime is fine here} , a tbh of the apple juice /cider and twirl around till u have a bit of color.
  • Now is the time to plop in the  Kerrygold Butter , whether i want to use a blob or a large pat, get that in now.
  • Twirl the pan around till u have some nice gooey caramely color and toss the apples and stir around till all the apples are well covered with the buttery goodness. ahh, u'll have a heady fragrance hit u , a fragrance u'll love , a buttery appley caramelly aroma.
  • Enjoy for a bit:-)
  • Now add in all the rest of the ingredients, ie the spices ur using , some more lemon zest if u want , and yup the apple juice to bring it all together.
  • Bring it to a nice boil and simmer away till its all nice and mushy , if ur using a pressure cooker ,i cooked it under pressure on a very low flame for almost half an hour, then after opening had to cook it a bit more to dry out the liquid.
  • i love texture a bit of apple gooeyness so i didn dry it all out and the whole thing jellies out later.
  • But then if u want a smooth sauce , u either use a blender in the pot or a rice mill.
  • I left the texture and the smoothness of the sauce with the soft bites of differently textured apples 
  • is a pleasure to eat and the fragrance will be gorgeous.
 Now there is lods u can do with this sauce besides eating it rite from the jar with ur fav spoon...
 And  we are going to bake some delicious , Apple sauce spice bars too with Kerrygold Butter.
 These are Heart shaped bars , yeah i used my heart molds to bake them for 2 reasons, number 1 ,u get pretty heart bars and number 2 , when u pour the yummy caramelly glaze over , no wastage!!

If it aint enough that these bars are great rite outa the oven ,with some apple sauce , they get even better the next day..moister , deeper flavor and softer!
Must be all those apples and caramello glaze and yeah i put a layer of the apple sauce below the caramelly glaze!

Loads of warm spices oh so rite for the season are in here too,and they are so good that u will always wanna have a jar of apple sauce so u can put these together any time u have a craving!
 Infact i want to call these my one sauce pan ,apple bars!

Now how do i make apple spice Kerrygold Buttery bars ,all the more buttery without changing the recipe?{ok i did add some more butter}
By adding in this gorgeous extract ofcourse!
And as if the goodness of apple ,spice and all things nice wasnt enough, there is buttery vanilla too!
And lods of Vanilla , added in in the ,melted butter.

Ahh, bliss!
Am sure u wanna begin as soon as we can , and lets do it!!
Dont worry , will give u the link to the recipe too! And tell u any little changes along the way!
First u need to preheat the oven and butter the molds really well , yeah hearts coz i m having heart bars remember.

 U need to whisk some flour.
 And whisk it together with 1 1/4 cup AP flour, 1 tsp BPowder and 1/4 tsp  b soda.
 and grate in some cinnamon too , all spice berries would be fantastic but i had none so added a clove or 2!
 Now the sauce pan , my fav Pink sauce pan , i loveee Pink!!!
A nice big fat blob of Kerrygold Butter in a pink sauce pan , so cute!! Dont look at my quantities coz i halved the recipe , coz these bars are totally addictive , ok hearts.
And Kerrygold Butter will totally rock!!

Melt it and time to add some brown goodness in:-)

And whisk away ...on slow simmering heat....
 And when its done and caramelly , take it off the heat.
I let mine cool a bit coz i was busy with other things but u can go ahead whisk in the eggs, one by one, really well , in the same sauce pan.

 Add in the apple sauce and brandy and whisk to blend well.

Whisk till well blended and now shift to working with a Spatula, pink goes well {:-)},fold in the flour.
U need to apples and nuts later ,i added in a yellow apple first:-)
 And instead of raisins i doubled the amount of pecans,lightly toasted in the oven already pre heating and chopped roughly.
All ready to bake ........till a knife inserted in comes clean.
Salted Butter Caramel Glaze
Not only are these bars a quickie to put by , but so is the topping, which u do as they bake!
And u stick to the one pan here too , rinse and wash the same pan and lets go get that topping done!
A delicious topping of lite cream , more Kerrygold Butter {always a good thing } ,salted, brown sugar and lite corn syrup with vanilla ofcourse.
Though i halved the actual recipe i stuck to the full quantity of glaze and was so happy i did!
+ the mold caught on all the drips :-)
Oh these are so addictive that u can finish them in one go and since its the week of lods of food , cut them down , they'll be gone even before  can share them.
Vanilla and Kerrygold Butter the fairy tale couple.
 Hidden under that glaze is some more Apple sauce , yeah i microwaved some Pink Buttery Apple sauce and dot all the Heart bars with a spoon of each before i covered them in Galze.
Now for the recipe u gotta hop by Chaya's super delish blog here and u will also love to read the story how her non glaze eating hubby totally fell in love with these, aint suprised a bit.
Check out Grapefruit of Needful Things     for a list of bakers and check out the other applesauce spice bars.  If you would like to join us, let grapefruit know.  We would love to have you.  
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  1. hI HAPPY pals, am sorry for delays in replyn to comments in my previous posts and mails , am writing mails , sendn Fb messages and more for the voting:-)
    will be back and up around soon ...

  2. As always everything so well coordinated, awesome colours and clicks.
    You make me so hungry.
    Wishes of great success ♥

  3. You are still amazing. How do you do it? You take a recipe and you make it your own. It is distinctive and it is lovely and everyone wants some. You go, girl

  4. Delicious Apple spice bars. Nice colors.

  5. I've been wanting a pressure cooker. Now I want one even more so I can whip up your delicious sauce. The bars look fabulous.

  6. you are one enthusiastic home baker!! can you pass some of your enthusiasm to me?? :) love your colorful photographs and desciptions!

  7. Love the heart shapes! So pretty! And the photos are wonderful!
    Thanks for baking with us this week! :)

  8. Muitissmo obrigado querida Ana and wish u too And happy holidays!!

    @Chaya, oh thannk thankk u thannnk u ,takes a bow}, ur special with all ur special love!

    Swathi , thannnk u sooo muc!!

    THank u Barbara, yeah i didn touch a PCooker earlier coz i thought i didn know how to use it , now i love it!!
    its also amazing to soften meats yet keep them whole and lock in the flavor and moisture!

  9. ha ha TIna, thats what baking does to me , ofcourse i can :-)
    thannxx a ton for ur thoughts and love!

    @Grapefruit, loved baking with u'll and want to join in every bake as far as possible!
    Thannxx ton lods to u for making this possible!

  10. Your heart theme is too cute!

  11. Looks real good.

  12. I'm trying to imagine the flavors of plum and apple together and they are just blowing my mind! These bars, especially in those super cute heart cups, sound incredibly delicious! A perfect holiday treat.

  13. I am so impressed with your baking skills. These bars and hearts are so lovely.

  14. @Jo , me too , thank God i have some let for moments like these:-))

    @Carolina Kitchen , awww thannnk u , u know how muc i love these thoughts!

  15. Everything looks so good! I love the heart cupcakes you made and your jam looks luscious! Thanks for your visit to my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment!

  16. Wow,that was quick Pat!! Ur welcome and thannx a ton to u too!
    Happy hols!

  17. Everything you make sounds delicious. Your offerings today are no exception. The bars and hearts are lovely. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  18. LOL you are on a sugar roll what you did with these - sweet madness! Congrats on winning the vanilla round. BTW, used the Ecospice vanilla bean the other day, and it was better than any I've used before! Thank you!
    {More later, still trying to catch up with life!}

  19. @MAry, thannnk u babe!!ur thoughts are lovely always!!

  20. These little cakes look amazing, Mia! The Apple Plum Pink Sauce sounds really wonderful, I will definitely be making it! A huge congrats to you for winning the vanilla round!

  21. Hi Faith , thannk u so muc!!
    Oh must try , its gorgeous!!
    Too good!
    Happy hols and yeah thannxx a ton lods!


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