Apple Brownie with Maple Frosting

Autumn is here…at least the apples are here! The colours are just starting to turn and all of the fall harvest is starting to appear at the farmers market. With all of the different varieties of apples out there you really have to try every apple recipe you can get your hands on. This recipe for Apple Brownie with Maple Frosting is just the one to bring out all of those fall flavours. For this brownie I used MacIntosh apples, but any tart apple would work just fine.

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One of the steps that will add a little prep time to this recipe is the fact that the apples are partially cooked first in a little butter.  This sweetens the apples and adds even more deliciousness to the brownie. What does save some time is that the rest of the batter is mixed in the same pan you cooked the apples in! Sure saves on dishes! The amazing scent from the brownie baking will warm up your kitchen and put you in that fall mode. If it is still warm enough to have the windows open your neighbours might be knocking on the door too. No one will be able to resist the smell of baking apples and cinnamon.

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Now the maple frosting on these apple brownies is the same maple frosting I used on the Apple Slab Cake. There is no sense in trying to use something different when this maple goodness matches perfectly with apples. You will be tempted to put the maple frosting on just about anything – don’t say I didn’t warn you!

This apple season I hope you try this Apple Brownie with Maple Frosting – your family and friends will really appreciate it.

Apple Brownies with Maple Frosting
 
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Serves: 20 slices
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter + 1tbsp butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs- beaten slightly
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Fudge Frosting -click on link
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan melt the 1 tbsp of butter on med-low heat. Add in the chopped apple and cook for about 5-6 minutes, just until the apples are fragrant and starting to soften.
  4. Transfer the apples to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. To the same saucepan add the remaining butter and cinnamon and return to the heat. Stir until melted scraping up any little bits of apple on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugars and maple syrup. Stir in the beaten eggs and vanilla.
  7. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir until the flour is all combined and then add in the cooked apples.
  9. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until the top is just golden.
  10. Place the pan on a cooling rack to cool.
  11. Once cool - frost with the Fudge Frosting.

 

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Date Squares

Date Squares – the name might make you think of your Grandmother or potluck dinners but for me Date Squares are one of my favourite bar recipes. Dates have been cultivated since ancient times and date palms are one of the oldest fruits. Dates are also a very nutritious food as they contain iron, magnesium and calcium and are also very high in dietary fibre. Then add in oats and Date Squares have to be one of the most healthy desserts ever!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

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Pumpkin Crumb Bars

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Pumpkin Bars with Brown Sugar Fudge Frosting

With fall almost upon us, it is the perfect time for another recipe with rich pumpkin flavour and an added bonus- brown sugar fudge topping. Bars and squares are so easy to whip together, they transport well and what’s even more important you can make the serving size whatever you desire. Be careful with these Pumpkin Bars with Brown Sugar Fudge Frosting though as you will be tempted to cut the entire pan into 4!

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Strawberry Oatmeal Squares

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Autumn Square

Autumn is coming whether we like it or not, so that calls for celebrating all of the flavours that come with the season.  The season of apples is upon us !!!!  There is so much that can be done with applespies,cakes,crisps and cakes. But this recipe is for a square that has apples in it.

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Along with the apples there is cinnamon and molasses- 2 of my favourite flavours of autumn. The molasses gives such a tangy sweetness to the squares. The apple is a Ginger Gold, fresh Ontario fruit from our farmer’s market. This was the first time I had used this type of apple in baking and it worked beautifully.  This apple will be making an appearance in future apple episodes, for sure.There is also raisins which give a little chewy texture to the squares. You could substitute dried cranberries for the raisins if you want, I am sure they will be just as delicious.

Autumn-Squares

This square makes a fantastic afternoon snack and I actually had it for breakfast this morning. Well, it does have apples and raisins in it, so it is healthy, right? If you are serving them on a platter, they look pretty dusted with icing sugar.  But if you want to add more flavour to your decoration, sprinkle with maple sugar, a little Cana

Autumn Square
 
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Serves: 24 squares
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup salted butter
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cupCrosby's Fancy molasses
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cup loosely packed grated apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in the molasses and raisins.
  3. Cool until warm.
  4. Mix in the eggs with the wooden spoon until well incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  6. Add to the saucepan and stir until about half mixed in, then add in grated apples. Continue stirring until well blended.
  7. Spread into parchment lined pan and bake at 350℉ for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Place on cooling rack. Sprinkle with maple sugar or icing sugar before serving.

 

 

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