Five Spice Apple Pecan Crumble Bars

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  • Total Time: 1 hrs
  • Hands-on Time: 25 mins
  • Makes: 9 servings

The combination of baked apples, buttery pecans, and warm five spice powder and cinnamon make this crumble bars recipe well worth the effort!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

    1/4 cup sugar

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 cup flour


    FOR THE APPLE LAYER:

    2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

    2 tablespoons flour

    2 tablespoons sugar

    1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Five Spice Powder

    1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Cinnamon

    1 pinch sea salt


    FOR THE PECAN CRUMBLE:

    1/2 cup flour

    1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped

    1/3 cup brown sugar

    1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Five Spice Powder

    1/8 teaspoon Simply Organic Cinnamon

    1 pinch sea salt

    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Directions

    To Make the Crust:

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and salt. Mix until well combined. Add flour and mix until just combined.
    3. Press mixture into pan and place in freezer for 10 minutes, then bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.

    To Make the Apple Layer:

    1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine apples, flour, sugar, five spice powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir until well combined, then set aside.

    To Make the Pecan Crumble:

    1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, pecans, brown sugar, five spice powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until well combined. 
    2. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the mixture until coarse clumps start to form. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

    To Assemble: 

    1. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
    2. Layer apples on hot crust, pressing down evenly. Top with crumble and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until apples are tender and bubbling, and crumble is golden brown.
    3. Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing into bars.

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