Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The One Thing I Hold Against My Mother-in-Law

Did that get your attention! 
(My mother is appalled right now..."I taught you better than that, Londa!!!"

Want to know what that one thing is?


Wait for it...


These stinkin' delicious, fruit filled, pie like bars topped with yummy, glazy frosting.

Yep, my Mother-in-law has spoiled the ENTIRE family by providing these delectable treats for YEARS with no recognition that she is a true pâtissier to accomplish these in the kitchen.

Oh no, don't let this beautiful picture fool you into thinking these are just a good 'ol pan of bars.

These bars are no easy feat.
Oh no.
These bars may have a little root of evil:
Special tender, flaky, perfectly thin crust which makes semi bad words fill my head as I try to roll it out.
For eleven years, this recipe (from my mother-in-law) has been teasing me as I try to replicate the delicate pastry with the especially thin, flaky crust that she just whips up at the drop of a pin.  Literally.
I'm getting closer...but so not there yet!

I bet you'd love to try these delicious fruity, flaky bars so you could
hold this against my mother-in-law, too  
discover their amazing deliciousness!
and have people in awe of your pastry making abilities

Here you go...have at it...

Carolyn's Apple Bars 
(I used peaches in the pictures)

2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. shortening
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt

Mix dry ingredients with pastry blender.  Put 1 egg yolk in cup and fill to 2/3 c. with milk.  Add to flour mixture.  Dough will be very soft.  Roll out half of dough between sheets of plastic wrap.  

Spread in a cookie sheet over the sides. 
Peel and slice 6 cups of apples.  Sprinkle apples with 1 cup sugar, 1 T. cinnamon, and 2 T. flour; pour into crust.  

Roll out top crust and seal edges.  Make small slits in top to release steam.  Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees until slightly golden brown.

Frost with 3/4 c. powdered sugar, 2 T. butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla or milk blended until smooth.

SO, what do you hold against your mother-in-law?

JUST KIDDING...Don't answer that!  
She gave you a husband, right?
I don't want to be responsible for ANY family feuds!

**any slight bitterness or jealousy displayed here toward my mother-in-law was purposely used  for the sole purpose of dramatic effect and does not take away from my true feelings of how wonderful she is. ;)


Katrina @ Pics, Pages & Purls said...

love the disclaimer...

H-Mama said...

I {heart} your disclaimer, too. ;) Looks yummy!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. :) My mom makes these too. Been a while since I tried them. Will have to whip some up soon, since fall is suddenly upon us. And, for the record, I'm pretty sure Carolyn is as in awe of your kitchen abilities as I am and the rest of your friends are. Just saying . . . (Jess, of course)

peter marie said...

You're too funny.

Those sound so good right now! Yummmmmm!

une autre mère said...

Those do look super yummy! But if it frustrates you that much, I'm not even going to attempt it. I'll just hope she brings them to the next church function. :)

MRCowell said...

I shoulda kept in better touch all these years :)
Absolutely hilarious!..
Love the blog :)