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Pear-Apple Pie Bars Recipe

Pear-Apple Pie Bars Recipe

With two kinds of fruit, these bars from our Test Kitchen have mass appeal. The lovely lattice top makes it special for get-togethers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 9 tablespoons cold water
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups finely chopped peeled apples
  • 3 cups finely chopped peeled ripe pears
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, lemon juice and water; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide in half, making one portion slightly larger. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Roll out larger portion of dough between two large sheets of waxed paper into a 17-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Press pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of pan; trim pastry even with top edges.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add apples and pears; toss to coat. Spoon over crust.
  • 4. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim and seal edges. Brush lattice top with egg white.
  • 5. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 235 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.