Monday, September 27, 2010

Recipe: Sour Cream Apple Squares

Don't you love fall?  Getting back into routines, wearing flannel pajama's, chilly mornings and evenings, and making lots of apple recipes like this one. 

These squares were so quick and easy to make.  With a nutty shortbread crust, and soft apple topping they are a delight to the senses.  I love the contrast in textures and how well the cinnamon-apple and buttery-nut crust go together.


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used 1 tsp Saigon Cinnamon)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Kosher salt)
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 eg
2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples

Preheat oven to 350.  In large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, and butter until crumbly.  Stir in nuts.  Press 2-3/4 cups of crumb mixture into ungreased 9x13" pan.
To remaining mixture, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla, and egg.  Blend well.  Stir in apples.  Spoon evenly over base.  Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Cut into squares.  Yields 12-15 servings.

from the book
"Take Sky, More Rhymes of the Never Was and Always Is"
by David McCord
drawings by Henry B. Kane
1962, Litte, Brown & Company Ltd.


  1. Sarah,
    This look delicious! This will be perfect for our guests this weekend! Thanks :)

  2. Sarah, these look so good and I love that I have all the ingredients already. And yes, I love fall! I didn't think it was ever going to get here, lol.

  3. Mmmm! I'm looking for apple recipes and this one looks great!

  4. I love the poem - and my grandmother used to have a recipe similar to this. I had completely forgotten about it - years and years ago... and I was crazy over it. I will have to try this.

  5. I'm not into my flannel pyjamas yet, but I did add a third blanket to my duvet last night(!). These look great. I am definitely putting this on my list of things to bake.

  6. Sarah, Yum! I'm really into apple season this year, all the breads, jams and pies... I can't get enough of them. These look so incredibly tasty.

    Hope you're enjoying the cooler weather and have a great weekend!


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