Custardy Apple Squares

2016-11-17

For a nice snack to share with colleagues this week, I made a simple one-bowl treat that showcased paper-thin Golden Delicious apples. It resembled a thick pancake or clafouti, and was delicious warm or cold.

Custardy Apple Squares

The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. I have a fancy food processor with an adjustable slicer blade, and it took a few tries to figure out the setting to yield slices one-sixteenth of an inch thick (Note to future self: set the dial to just past 1 on the Breville disc). After cutting all the apples, making the batter was very straightforward: whip the eggs and sugar by hand, combine with the other wet ingredients, then whisk in the dry ones. Finally, the sliced fruit is folded in.

Custardy Apple Squares

I thought that the 40-50 minute baking would be excessive, but these squares did need that long for the top to brown. Eaten about a half hour after they came out of the oven, the squares were tender, buttery and filled with warm fruit. The apples had cooked through but you could still detect distinct layers. A day later, served at room temperature, the squares were firmer, almost rubbery, but still good.

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