Spiced Apple 'n Oat Squares

From Foodland Ontario

DATE: Thursday, December 29th, 2011


  1. 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup (250 mL) Quick-cooking oat (not instant) rolled oats
  3. 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  5. 3/4 cup (175 mL)  butter, softened

Apple Filling: 

  1. 6 cups (1.5 L) diced (1/2-inch/1 cm) , peeled Ontario Apples (such as McIntosh, Empire, Idared)
  2. 3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar
  3. 3/4 cup (175 mL) Ontario Apple Cider or water
  4. 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
  6. Pinch ground cloves


  1. In large bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar and baking soda. 
  2. Cut in butter with pastry blender until crumbly. 
  3. Firmly press 3 cups (750 mL) into 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. 
  4. Reserve remaining crumbs for top.

Apple Filling:

  1. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine apples, sugar, cider, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; bring to boil over high heat reduce heat and simmer, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until softened and thickened. 
  2. Let cool slightly.  (Filling may be made ahead and refrigerated.)
    Spread filling over base. 
  3. Distribute reserved crumbs over top. 
  4. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown

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