Let's Dish host Chris Koetke shared his mom's recipe for Apple Squares

CLEVELAND - Growing up, apple squares were a favorite at birthday parties and summer family gatherings for Chris Koetke, Host of Let's Dish. His mom made it again recently, and he was reminded just how good it is, so he had to share his mom's recipe with you.

Recipe for Apple Squares

Difficulty:  Moderate

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 50-60 minutes

Serves: 12-15, depending on the size of the slice

Dough

3 cups sifted flour

¾ teaspoon salt

1 pinch baking powder

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons shortening

3 egg yolks

½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons cold milk

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. 
  2. Add shortening and mix together just until the shortening in incorporated.  There should still be small pieces of shortening in the dough.
  3. Add egg yolks and cold milk to the dough.  Mix just until incorporated being careful not to over mix.  Let rest for 30 minutes. 

Filling

12 cups peeled, sliced apples

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

 

Icing

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

 

Assembling the apple squares

½ stick butter

 

  1. Divide dough in half; roll out half the dough to fill 11" x 15" jelly roll pan.  Be sure to have the dough go up the sides and hang over slightly. 
  2. Fill the pan with the apple mixture.   Dot the top of the apples with small pieces of butter.
  3. Roll out remaining half the dough to cover apples in pan.  Be sure to crimp the edges of dough well to form a tight seal.  Poke the top dough multiple times with a fork.
  4. Place in a 375° F and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Be sure to put a pan under it in the oven to catch any drips.  If the edges start to brown too fast, you can cover them carefully with a small piece of aluminum foil.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool. 
  6. Once it has cooled, drizzle with icing.
  7. Cut into squares and serve with vanilla ice cream.

You can find more recipes like this one at the Live Well Network.

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