Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars

These Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars are a delicious combination of an apple pie and an apple crisp!

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These gluten-free apple pie shortbread bars and simple to make and are yummy with or without the gooey drizzle on the top.

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Without the drizzle:

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Here’s how it came together. Using my KitchenAid stand mixer, I made the gluten-free shortbread and pressed it into the bottom of a parchment-lined 8 x 8 baking dish. While I baked the shortbread for 15 minutes, I assembled the apple filling in a large bowl and spiced up the apple slices with ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a little gluten-free flour.

I also had time to make the crumb topping mixture with melted butter, brown sugar and gluten-free flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1- Baking Flour for this recipe.

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Once  the shortbread was finished baking, I topped it with half of the crumb mixture, added the sliced apple mixture, and then completed it with the remainder of the topping. I baked it for 45 minutes and then let it cool for a few hours before refrigerating it overnight.

The next day, after it was set, I lifted it out of the pan and cut it into bars. I made a quick drizzle with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and decorated the bars. This last step is totally optional, but I like a little gooey drizzle just to top it off.

GF Apple Pie Bars

Result? Seriously apple pie slash apple crisp heaven!

GF Apple Pie Bars

What would make this over-the-top? A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Sadly, I did not get that shot before the bars were consumed! But you can just pretend you see that scoop sitting on top…right? 😉

GF Apple Pie Bars

Try these Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars this fall (or anytime) and let me know how you like them!

GF Apple Pie Bars

Looking for more gluten-free yummy brownies and bars? You may like these, too:

Gluten-free Cherry Chocolate Blondie Bars
Gluten-free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies
Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars
 
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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars
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Serves: 9-12
Ingredients
  • Shortbread
  • ½ cup unsalted organic butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • Apple Filling
  • 3 organic apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 Tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Topping
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup organic brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup organic butter, melted or at room temperature to cut in
  • Drizzle
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.

  2. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure and bring the parchment up the sides so it will be easy to lift out later when you’re ready to cut the bars.

  3. Shortbread Base
  4. Using a stand mixer, place butter in bowl and mix on high for at least 5 minutes . Butter should be more white than yellow at this point; that's how you'll know it's creamed.

  5. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt to the butter and combine.

  6. Once combined, add in the gluten-free flour and mix well.

  7. Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

  8. Apple Filling
  9. In a large bowl, combine the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Make sure all the apples are well coated.

  10. Crumb Topping
  11. Mix the gluten-free flour and ¾ cup brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a fork until crumble-like consistency is achieved.

  12. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 350° F.

  13. Sprinkle half of the crumb topping over the short bread and then layer the apples on top.

  14. Finally, sprinkle the remainder of the crumb topping on top and place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes. Because oven temperatures vary, you may need to bake yours a little longer. You want to make sure the apples are tender. Test with a fork.

  15. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully (at least a few hours) before covering and placing in the refrigerator overnight to set.

  16. Once it's set, remove from baking dish by lifting out the parchment paper and cutting into bars.

  17. Drizzle
  18. Sift powdered sugar into bowl. Add milk and vanilla and whisk until smooth.

  19. Drizzle mixture over bars and let set before serving.

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Balsamic Glazed Salmon may just be my new favorite way to serve pan-seared salmon.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

This savory sauce is easy to make and will add a sweet and tangy kick to pan-seared salmon.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

To make the glaze, add balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard and finely chopped garlic to a small saucepan. I used black garlic, which is a bit more mellow than traditional garlic; use whatever you have on hand. (You can read more about black garlic here.) Bring the glaze to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the glaze is thick. Set aside to cool slightly.

Balsamic Glaze

While the glaze is simmering, pan-sear the salmon. The salmon will cook quickly with this method. Rinse and dry the salmon and season it with sea salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil to your skillet, heat it on high and add the salmon, flesh side down, and sear for a few minutes until a crust has formed. Reduce the heat to low and add a small amount of water or white wine to the pan, whichever is handy, and put a lid on it to finish cooking the salmon all the way through. Once cooked, flip it out onto a plate to rest, skin side down.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon
When you’re ready, plate it up, and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the salmon. Enjoy!

Balsamic Glazed Salmon
 
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Balsamic Glazed Salmon
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Glaze:
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • Salmon:
  • Four salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the glaze:
  2. Add balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard and finely chopped garlic to a small saucepan.

  3. Bring the glaze to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the glaze is thick. Set aside to cool slightly.

  4. To make the salmon:
  5. While the glaze is simmering, pan-sear the salmon. The salmon will cook quickly with this method.

  6. Rinse and dry the salmon and season it with sea salt and pepper.

  7. Add a little olive oil to your skillet, heat it on high and add the salmon, flesh side down. Sear for a few minutes until a crust has formed.

  8. Reduce the heat to low and add a small amount of water or white wine to the pan, and put a lid on it to finish cooking the salmon all the way through. Once cooked, flip it out onto a plate to rest, skin side down.

  9. When ready to serve, plate the salmon and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

 

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Creamed Corn Casserole

Here my easy recipe for how to make a creamed corn casserole using fresh corn off the cob.

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This recipe is so easy and the end result is a sweet, creamy corn casserole that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Begin with fresh corn. Remove the corn from their husks, rinse and remove the corn silks. It’s okay if you don’t remove them all – I’m not sure that’s even possible! It won’t hurt if there are a few silks hanging out in the end product.

You’ll need a large, deep bowl for cutting the kernels, as well as a smaller bowl, turned upside down, to fit inside the larger bowl. Rest and hold an ear of corn, vertically, on top of the smaller bowl while you slice off the kernels of corn. This will allow your knife room to slice all the way to the bottom of the ear of corn while the kernels fall into the larger bowl. Work your way around each ear of corn, slicing the kernels off. Flip your knife over to the dull side and using a little pressure, scrape the ear of corn, vertically, to release any milky residue left on each ear of corn. Repeat this process for each ear of corn.

Creamed Corn Casserole

Then, you’ll just add some heavy cream, butter, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a baking or casserole dish and bake until done. (I love my Le Creuset casserole dish – clean up is a breeze!)

Creamed Corn Casserole

I like to get a little brown color on the top, but make sure you don’t over-bake it. You don’t want it to be dry.

Creamed Corn Casserole

You’ll be amazed at how sweet the corn tastes! That’s pure fresh corn, no sugar added, that gives it the sweet taste. Oh, the cream helped, too!

Not in the mood for creamed corn? Check out my Grilled Corn On The Cob recipe!

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Creamed Corn Casserole, adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 - 8 ears of corn, removed from husk
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon, salt
  • Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove the corn from the husks, rinse and remove corn silks.

  2. In a large, deep bowl, slice off the kernels of corn. With the dull side of the knife (or a regular dinner knife), press and scrape the cob all the way down to remove all the bits of kernel and creamy milk inside.

  3. Add heavy cream, softened butter, salt and pepper, to taste; mix well. Pour mixture into a baking dish. Bake at 350Fº for 45 - 60 minutes or until thoroughly warmed through.

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Fried Okra Recipe

Here’s my simple recipe for fried okra, a classic southern side dish, made in a cast-iron skillet!

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In the south, fresh okra is a staple at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. It’s so easy to prepare in a cast iron skillet. I’ll even show you how to minimize any slime factor when preparing this simple fried okra recipe!

Fried Okra

When purchasing okra at the market, look for and choose the smaller pods. Smaller pods will equal less slime factor. Plus, the larger pods are usually less tender, so really seek out small to medium pods. Wash, rinse and completely dry the okra before slicing the pods for this recipe. Dry okra pods equal less slime when slicing and cooking.

Cut off the ends and tips of each okra pod and then slice each pod into small pieces, about half an inch per piece. If you slice the pieces too small, you’ll induce the slime factor. Once the okra is sliced, set aside.

Fried Okra

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, corn meal and salt and pepper. Add the sliced okra and stir to combine and coat each pod in the cornmeal mixture.

In a cast iron skillet, add oil and heat until sizzling. Use a slotted spoon to add okra to skillet. The slotted spoon will help shake off any cornmeal mixture that didn’t adhere to the okra. You don’t want the excess cornmeal in the skillet because it will fry quickly and burn. Layer the okra on the bottom of the skillet and let fry until lightly brown on the bottom. Turn heat down and gently turn the okra over and brown the other side. Make sure all sides have fried to a golden brown before removing from skillet.

Fried Okra

Drain okra on a paper towel before serving.

Fried Okra

If you love cooking with a cast iron skillet, check out more skillet recipes:
Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Skillet Garlic Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Quick & Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet

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Fried Okra Recipe
 
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Fried Okra Recipe
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds okra, sliced
  • ¾ cup corn meal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup Sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Note: best prepared in a cast iron skillet.
Instructions
  1. Wash and completely dry okra before slicing. Slice in half-inch thick pieces, or slightly smaller. Set aside.

  2. In mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and salt and pepper.

  3. Add sliced okra to cornmeal mixture and stir to coat each piece.

  4. Heat oil in iron skillet until sizzling.

  5. Use a slotted spoon to add okra to skillet. The slotted spoon will help shake off any cornmeal mixture that didn't adhere to the okra.

  6. Layer the okra on the bottom of the skillet and let fry until lightly brown on the bottom.

  7. Turn heat down to medium, and gently turn the okra over and brown the other side. Make sure all sides have fried to a golden brown before removing from skillet.

  8. Drain okra on paper towels before serving.

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