Cinnamon Apple Bars With Millet Crust Recipe

Try this Cinnamon Apple Bars With Millet Crust Recipe, the addition of nutritious millet makes this recipe a healthy choice for your next meal.


| December 2008/January 2009



Cinnamon Apple Bars with Millet Crust Recipe. "Craving apple pie? A crunchy crust and cinnamon-y topping fill the bill in a snap!"

Cinnamon Apple Bars with Millet Crust Recipe. "Craving apple pie? A crunchy crust and cinnamon-y topping fill the bill in a snap!"

Photo by Robin Asbell

The nutritious grain millet is used to make this delicious Cinnamon Apple Bars With Millet Crust Recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Bars with Millet Crust

The sturdy crust of these bars is a cookie in itself, and cradles a tangy filling. If you can’t find millet flour, grind millet 1/4 cup at a time in a coffee or spice grinder until it’s a fine powder.

Crust
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups millet flour, finely ground
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tbsp unsalted butter

Topping
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
5 medium Granny Smith apples (about 5 cups cored and sliced)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, then beat in powdered sugar, zest, vanilla, salt and egg. Mix the flours in thoroughly. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with butter, then press the mixture into it and up the sides about half an inch. Prick the crust with a fork and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and firm.

While the crust bakes, melt the topping’s butter in a sauté pan over medium heat, then add the apples. When they are soft and browned in spots, add the brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins, stirring until the sugar melts. In a cup, stir the lemon juice and cornstarch together, then add them to the apples. Cook a few more minutes, until bubbly and thick.





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