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Apple Cobbler Bars

Apple Cobbler Bars a.k.a. Newfoundland Fruit Filled Squares
Apple Cobbler Bars a.k.a. Newfoundland Fruit Filled Squares

This idea sort of came from a farmers market bake sale I once attended while on vacation in the Northeast US quite a few years ago. One lady was selling slices of her old family recipe for apple cobbler pie which very much reminded me of the fruit squares that local bakeries sell here in Newfoundland. These sort-of Newfoundland hand pies are a snack food commonly available here in various versions depending on the filling which, besides apple can include lemon curd, raisin filling or apricot among others, so you can take this idea and run with it to create your own favorite version. I’m making a peach version when the best of the summer crop come in.

This is a great idea for summer picnics or make a terrific brunch item. If you are feeding a large crowd, a double batch of these will fill a cookie sheet and provide up to 2 dozen servings. These can also be served warm with ice cream as a delicious summer dessert.

Makes 1 dozen (but they can be cut smaller of you prefer)

Apple Filling

  • 1 1/2 pounds firm apples (Granny Smith works well)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 /2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Peel, core and cut the apples into thick wedges. Bring to simmer with the sugar, apple juice and spices for only a couple pf minutes until they just begin to soften but are still firm. You don’t want mushy apples at this point. Thicken the filling with a slurry made from mixing together:
  • 3 rounded tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Add the slurry slowly stirring constantly. Allow the filling to boil slowly for one minute after all of the slurry has been added, continuing to stir. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Cobbler Pastry

In a food processor pulse together:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Pulse in:

  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut in small cubes

Process until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. A pastry blender can be used instead of a food processor or cut the butter in with a couple of knives or even just rub it in with your fingers. If using your fingers, chill the crumbs before adding the wet ingredients.

Whisk together:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg 

Pour onto the dry ingredients and mix together until a soft dough forms. If you need to add a little extra milk or flour that’s fine. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (or half sized cookie sheet). Roll half of the dough to about 11 x15 inches and place in the bottom and about an inch up the sides of the pan. Fill the bottom crust with the prepared cooled apple filling.

Roll out the other half of the dough to just larger than 9×13 inches and place on top of the filling. I find the best way to add the pastry layers is to rolled the rolled out dough into a log and then unroll it in the bottom of the pan or on top of the filling.

Pinch the edges of the bottom and top pastries together to seal and tuck the edges down.

Whisk together:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water

Brush the top of the pastry with a thin layer of the egg wash (you will not need all of it). With a small sharp knife, cut a few slits int he surface of the top pastry. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until the top is evenly golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into large squares.

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Valerie Coward

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Do these freeze well? I love your recipes. It is so generous of you to share your gift.

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

I don't think I would freeze these due to the moisture content in the filling. Unless like me, you don't mind the pastry softening.


Thursday 20th of June 2013

I love the presentation of this. it looks like it would be adaptable to other fruit fillings as well. Yum.

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