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Cheddar Apple Crumble Bars

570 Cheddar Mix
Integrate cheddar cheese into the crust for a savory note to these not-too-sweet bars.
skill level
Easy
time
30-60min
servings
12
cost
$
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Integrate cheddar cheese into the crust for a savory note to these not-too-sweet bars.
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ingredients
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 3/4 cups finely grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 12 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • Vanilla Ice Cream; to serve
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  • Apple Compote:
  • 6 Granny Smith or Tart Apples; peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 Lemons; zest & juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Water
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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13" cake pan with cooking spray. Line with a long strip of parchment so that the ends stick up past the pan on both ends. Spray again with the non-stick cooking spray.
  • 2
    3 cups All-Purpose Flour
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    2 3/4 cups finely grated Cheddar Cheese
    12 ounces Unsalted Butter
    Whisk together Flour, Sugar and Salt in a large bowl. Add Cheese and stir to coat in Flour, making sure to break up clumps. Beat in the Butter until crumbly. Remove 2/3 of the dough to a lightly floured board and knead just until smooth.
  • 3
    Press the smooth portion of the dough into the bottom of the prepared cake pan to form a 1/4" thick base.
  • 4
    Spread the cooled compote mixture over dough to create a 1" thick layer. Sprinkle the crumbled dough over top. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
  • 5
    Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Cool in fridge for 30 minutes before cutting into rectangles.
  • 6
    Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • 7
    Vanilla Ice Cream
    Serve with a small scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.
  • 8
    6 Granny Smith or Tart Apples; peeled and cut into 1" pieces
    2 Lemons; zest & juice
    1 teaspoon freshly grated Cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
    Pinch of Salt
    1/2 cup Water
    For Apple Compote:
    Place ingredients in a wide pot, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Keep the batter cold!
    2. Mix wet ingredients first, and then add the apple pieces to make the compote.
    3. Add a pinch of cayenne to add a savory flavor.
    4. Half of the cheddar shortbread is used for the bottom layer, and the other half is used to make the crumble.

 
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