Danish Apple Bar

My lovely friend Kathy and her friends rotate hosting a family dinner every Thursday night.  It’s a great time to catch-up, meet new people, dream about buying $220 tickets to Iceland for a weekend trip, and the best part-eat warm home cooked dinner.  Last week the family dinner was hosted by exchange students from Denmark.  Recently my friend left the US to “stage” in Copenhagen since they have one of the best farm-to-table restaurants, so I e-mailed her to ask about traditional Danish food.  She started flipping through the world famous Claus Meyer’s cookbook and gave me ideas such as this one.  Unfortunately I had to rely on google for a recipe, but it came out to be a delectable dessert and the Danes were satisfied.  They said, “So great!  We’ve never had this before!”  So I guess this is not the traditional recipe but it’s easy to make and perfect for someone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth.  Another comment from the night, “I usually don’t like dessert but this is really good.  I wonder why I like this…oh, because there is apple in it!  I like anything with apple.”  You will only get positive feedback so try it.
Yield: 9 people
*Adapted from allrecipes.com* 

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup milk 

Apple Mix
4 apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg white 

1.  Preheat oven to 375°F.
2.  Combine apples, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3.  In large bowl combine flour, salt, and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Beat egg yolk in a measuring cup and add enough milk to make 2/3 cup total liquid.  Stir flour mixture until all flour is damp.

4.  Divide dough in half and roll into a rectangle that fits into a 9 x 13 inch pan.

5.  Cover the bottom of the pan with dough, then place apple slices to cover the entire sheet, and use the remaining dough to cover the top.

6.  Beat egg white till frothy and brush on crust.  Bake for 50 minutes.

7.  Almost like American Pie.


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