First, though, I tried out a recipe (the only one?) from the book for which I had all the ingredients on hand: these moist and tasty apple-cinnamon bars. The peanut butter and honey glaze is a nice addition--and who doesn't love apple and peanut butter together? Helen was over for dinner with us, and she gave these the thumbs up. She took a few home and Ant will take the rest into work. (For tasty, though they are, and full of whole wheat and oats, I don't want to eat all two dozen myself!)
Cinnamon-Apple Bars with Peanut Butter Glaze
adapted from Whole Grain Baking
makes 24 squares
for the bars:
3/4 c (165 g) butter, softened
1 c (200g) light or dark brown sugar, packed
1 c (250 ml) applesauce
1 t vanilla extract
3/4 t baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves
1 1/4 c (150 g) whole wheat flour
2/3 c (60 g) rolled oats, ground for 30 seconds in a food processor
for the glaze:
1 c (180 g) smooth peanut butter
6 T honey
Cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in the applesauce, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Mix in the egg.
Add the flour and oats, blending well.
Pour into a greased 9" x 13" pan. Bake at 350 F (150 C) for 35-40 minutes.
Allow to cool in the pan.
Meanwhile, make the glaze. Put the peanut butter and honey in a microwavable bowl (or a small saucepan) and heat until they can be stirred together.
Stir until smooth, then spread over the cooled bars.
Cut into 24 squares.