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Forget the Yankee Candle!!! This recipe will make your home smell heavenly!!! These Sour Cream Apple Squares have been around since 1975, having won the Grand Prize in the Pillsbury Bake-Off! It’s been a favorite recipe of so many bakers since then and we sold squares of it in our little Home Sweet Home bakery! It was a very popular breakfast item for our customers. And it is a great dessert! 

Bon Appetite!!
Eating "Family-Style"
The Smith House Restaurant
Dahlonega, GA  9/27/2014

Sour Cream Apple Squares

 

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup chopped nuts

2 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup sour cream (8-oz. carton)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

2 cups peeled & finely chopped apples (I use 2 medium Golden Delicious)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Measure and then sift flour. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Press 2¾ cups of this crumb mixture into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish. To the remaining crumb mixture, add the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, sour cream, vanilla and egg; blending well. Stir in the apples and spread evenly over base. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is lightly browned. Cut into squares and serve with ice cream and caramel ice cream topping, if desired.  Also makes a great coffeecake. Makes 12 servings

 

Note: Also check out these delicious apples recipes from our Archives:

Sept. 2010 - Blue Ribbon Apple Cake

Feb. 2011 - Sautéed Apples

Oct  2012 -  Apple Crumb Pie,  Mrs. Dorrance’s Apple Crisp,  Apple Bread

                   and Small Apple Cake

Nov. 2013 - Apple Cobbler

 

Miss Dee, ready to eat fried chicken !!

 

A good way to store and measure brown sugar.

I like to dump my box of brown sugar into a gallon size plastic bag. Then when I need some, I can just put my measuring cup down in it and pack it with my hand inside the bag, without getting a “mess” anywhere
 
 
Apple varieties & their uses:
 
Granny Smith:
The most popular used for cooking pies. It’s tart and is best when mixed with a sweeter apple like Golden Delicious or Fiji. 
 
Golden Delicious: Great for eating. If making Sautéed Apples, leave peeling on and cut in wedges. This is the one Cracker Barrel uses
 
Fuji:
 Great in salads or eating raw but loses it’s shape when baked in recipes.
 
Red Delicious:
For eating only or in salads.  Not in baked dishes
McIntosh:
It’s too “mushy”. Tart & crisp, it falls apart in the oven and becomes watery
 
 
Apple Arithmetic:
2 small to medium apples,
chopped = 2+ cups
Recipe Archives
October, 2014