Yield: 16 Bars
3/4 c all-purpose flour, unsifted
1/3 c sugar
5 T butter
2 c plus 3 T all-purpose flour, unsifted
1/4 ts salt
3/4 c butter (1-1/2 sticks), softened
1/2 c sugar
1 lg egg, lightly beaten
1 ts vanilla extract
1 c Cheddar cheese, grated
1 ts lemon rind, grated
1/2 ts ground cinnamon
1/4 ts ground nutmeg
5 c assorted apples, peeled, cored, and grated
1 T fresh lemon juice
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Prepare Crumb Topping, set aside. In small bowl, combine 2 cups
flour and the salt, set aside. In large bowl, with electric mixer
on medium speed, beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar until combined.
Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until soft dough
forms. With fingers, press dough evenly into greased pan.
In large bowl, combine cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining
3 tablespoons flour, the lemon rind, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold
in apples and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture over dough in pan.
Sprinkle Crumb Topping evenly over apple mixture.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on wire
rack--at least 40 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then
cut into bars.
CRUMB TOPPING: In medium-size bowl, combine 3/4 cup unsifted
all-purpose flour and 1/3 cup sugar. With pastry blender or 2
knives, cut in 5 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse