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Pear-Apple Pie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

With two kinds of fruit, these bars from our Test Kitchen have mass appeal. The lovely lattice top makes it special for get-togethers.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 large 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 large 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 17x12-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-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.

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