If any of you have visited Riley’s Apple Farm, you’ll know how outstanding their apple butter is. I left with a couple of jars in hand after my last visit, and wanting to put it to good use, I whipped up these crumb bars!
They are very adaptable, you only need 6 ingredients, and they can easily be made vegan if you swap out the butter for shortening!
2 & 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup white sugar
a sprinkle of sea salt
2 sticks melted butter (or equal quantity shortening for vegan recipe)
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 oz apple butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper
Stir flour, sugar, & sea salt together in a large bowl, then stir in melted butter and vanilla. Dough will be moist but slightly crumbly
Set aside some of the dough for the crumble topping (about 2/3 cup)
Press the rest of the dough onto the bottom of the pan for the crust layer
Bake for around 25 minutes
Remove from the oven, & spread the apple butter evenly across. Then crumble the dough you set aside onto the top
Return to the oven for another 15 minutes