I was making this for company, and Ray was a little hesitant that I make a new recipe for his brother and wife! This cake just isn't photogenic, so I searched online. There are a lot reviews online. This was a recipe chosen among a large group of bloggers who all make a recipe every Tuesday (Tuesdays with Dorie) from the cookbook, Baking: From My Home to Yours.
These bars are cake-like. They are so easy to make and very good. It isn't the most beautiful dessert but it is something you keep nipping bites from. This is a nice recipe when you need a quick, tasty dessert. The bars/ cake come together in one pan. The only hard work of the recipe is chopping the apple. I did a small dice and wouldn't change that.
I did follow the suggestions of the other bloggers, and just kept my bars in the pan, instead of turning them out. I also waited about an hour to let the cake cool before making and pouring the glaze. Some folks doubled the glaze but I think that would have been overkill.
Applesauce Spice Bars
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan Baking: From my House to Yours
For the Bars
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon applejack, brandy or dark rum (optional)
1 baking apple, such as Rome or Cortland, peeled, cored and finely diced or chopped
1/2 cup plump, moist raisins (dark and/or golden) I used both and soaked in some rum while I was preparing the bars. I drained the raisins before adding them to the cake batter.
For the Glaze
2-1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract