Johnny Appleseed Bars | frites & fries
     

Forgotten Bookmarks is a blog about things used as bookmarks and later found in old or used books. One of the posts I found interesting was a recipe for “Johnny Appleseed” bars someone found in an old copy of Jane Eyre.The combination of flour and oats (along with a layer of fresh apple slices) in the recipe captured my attention. Naturally, I had to make it:

Johnny Appleseed Bars | frites & fries

The bars don’t require a lot of time to make and it is incredibly delicious.

What’s interesting about this recipe is that the salt comes out a lot stronger even though there is only a half teaspoon in the recipe. The next time I make them, I’m going to drizzle caramel on top.

For a 9” baking pan (via Forgotten Bookmarks):

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c. thinly sliced baking apples
  • 1 c. nuts (optional, but I would used blanched and unsalted nuts of your choice)

Mix together all the ingredients, except apples and nuts, together; press half of dough in 9” greased square pan. Sprinkle with nuts and spread the sliced apples on top.

Johnny Appleseed Bars | frites & fries

Spread rest of dough over nuts and apples, press down and smooth top.

Johnny Appleseed Bars | frites & fries

Bake 350F for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting. Cut in bars into small square pieces.

Johnny Appleseed Bars | frites & fries

[Note: I’ve edited the recipe’s formatting and wording.]

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