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:
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.
Spread rest of dough over nuts and apples, press down and smooth top.
Bake 350F for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting. Cut in bars into small square pieces.
[Note: I’ve edited the recipe’s formatting and wording.]