Starting about August I get excited thinking about the cooler weather and the opportunities to bake some fall favorites. Last weekend I got to make two family favorites — Cake Mix Rolls  to take to a bridal shower, and Danish Pastry Apple Bars. I got this recipe from a Crisco cookbook that I got when we were first married. It is a good recipe to have if you need to serve more than eight--the typical number of pieces you can cut from a pie.
You might find the cereal to be a surprising ingredient. After the pie bakes you would not even know the cereal is in there. I think it helps to prevent a soggy crust and it just blends into the apple filling. The original recipe calls for Corn Flakes, but I generally use either bran flakes or Raisin Bran. I take the raisins out but you could certainly leave them in.
Danish Pastry Apple Bars
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white)
milk (about 2/3 cup)
1 cup cereal flakes (corn flakes, bran flakes, etc.)
8 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 8-10 apples)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
the reserved egg white
In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening. Place the egg yolk in a measuring cup and then fill the cup with milk. Blend and then add this to the flour mixture to form pastry dough. Divide the dough into two pieces and form each piece into a rectangle. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate while you peel and cut the apples. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. At this point you might want to preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll one piece of the pastry into a 17" x 12" rectangle and place in a 15 1/2" x 10 1/2" jelly roll pan. Sprinkle in the cereal flakes. Top with the apples and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll out the second piece of pastry and place on top of the apples. Crimp the edges, patching if necessary. Make a few slashes with a knife for steam vents. Whisk the egg white until it's a bit frothy and brush on top of the pastry. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 mins. or until golden brown and the apples are tender. After baking drizzle with this glaze if desired:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2-3 Tbsps. cream or milk
Mix all together with a wire whisk and then drizzle on top of bars.
I omitted the glaze this time and served the bars with ice cream.
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