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Apple Jack Dessert Recipe ~ Harvest Treat

When fall arrives my brain instantly switches to apples…all things apple. I’m talking about apple dumplings, applesauce, apple pie, caramel apples, hand pies, apple crisp. eep! I could go on, no joke. Apples are the most versatile fruit and easily one of my favorites. Today, I’m sharing a variation of my grandmother’s apple jack. It’s also known as apple bars, but she named it the former. Let’s grab some grannys (er…apples) and get baking!

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Before I go on, I want to quickly talk about my babcia – my grandmother. I have not doubt you would instantly fall in love with, Josephine, a little Polish lady who had a sense of humor and wit like none-other. I often refer to her as the energizer bunny because she just never quit. Even when under duress from the Nazi regime. Finally, when she came to the great USA with her husband and children, she brought with her the strong determination to do her best. She wasn’t perfect (are any of us?), but she was gold in my eyes.

Maybe the appropriate phrase to describe her when she baked later in life is “bless her heart”, because she tried and tried. Often her efforts came out in a darkened sort of state…aka. burnt. Nevertheless, in her glory days she knew how to make this apple jack so much so I make it every year during apple season.

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RECIPE

This recipe has options for variations to suit your liking. I am sharing her recipe making note of what my mother, and then myself do differently. Also, I have created a recipe video tutorial as well below.

Here is the recipe as I have written down:

Apple Jack

  • 8-10 medium apples, peeled & sliced
  • 4 c. unbleached flour
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1 ½ c. butter
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 c. rapadura or cane sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • milk

Baked Apple Jack Ingredients for Recipe by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #food #baking #dessert

STEP 1

First, combine flour and salt, cut in butter.

Mixture of Flour, Salt, and Milk for Apple Jack Dessert by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #food #recipe #dessert

STEP 2

Then, beat the egg yolk in a measuring cup and add enough milk to make ¾ cup liquid. Mix well. Stir egg/milk mixture into flour mixture. Blend with a pastry blender or stand mixer. Next, knead until soft dough ball forms.

Kneaded Apple Jack Crust Dough | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 3

Divide dough ball in half. Roll out one dough ball on a lightly floured surface until large enough to cover the bottom of your cookie sheet and up the sides. Consider it like making a bottom pie crust. Line your stainless steel cookie sheet with crust and trim off edges with a paring knife.

STEP 4

Next, it’s time to peel and core our apples. You can use a paring knife, or a handy peeler corer tool like the one I have. I love this thing!! In addition, you can use it for potatoes too.

Apple Peeler Corer for Apple Jack Recipe by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #recipe

I use on the higher side of 10 apples to have plenty and fill the apple jack fully.

STEP 5

Now we have our apples peel and sliced and ready to go. Add your cinnamon and sugar, toss to coat.

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Arrange coated apples evenly in bottom crust.

STEP 6

At this point it’s time to preheat our oven to 350° and roll out the second crust sized to fit the top. Or, if you like, do like my babcia did and make a lattice top. Also, you can create cutouts or extra fun to your top crust. Then place on top, wipe the bottom crust edges with a bit of water to promote sealing. Use a fork to make a decorative edge and seal the crusts together.

Pinking Apple Jack Dessert Crust with Fork by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 7

Last, whisk your egg white and a bit of water to create a wash. Using a pastry brush, spread the mixture over the top of your crust to get a gorgeous glazing while baking. In addition, if you like, sprinkle with cane sugar while wet. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.

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Can you smell it from there? Oh boy…it is so heavenly! It definitely draws the local crowds.

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Serve it up with a fresh dollup of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. However, I prefer it warm and as-is. mmmm… How would you like yours?

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as you serve your guests at your next family or holiday gathering. I have no doubt it will be a hit!

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In addition, do pin and share my babcia’s apple jack dessert recipe. I know we’re not the only ones who will love it!

Absolutely delicious apple jack dessert for your holiday and family gatherings. Video recipe tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #recipe #food #baking #dessert #apple

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday. I can’t wait to show you what I do with these. See their new life HERE.

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Yum!!! Apple “anything” is my husband’s favorite. He will absolutely ADORE this recipe. I‘m going to get apples as soon as the grocery store opens!! 😋

    • Larissa says

      Wahoo!! I love this even more than apple pie and that says something. haha!

  2. Janette says

    I love your recipe and am grateful you shared, I was so happy to read about your babcia, my DIL is Polish and she is the sweetest girl you could ever meet, I will show her this post with gladness.xx

    • Larissa says

      Wonderful! I hope she loves this dessert as much as we do.

  3. Ginny says

    I’ve pinned this and will be checking how many apples I have to make this delicious looking dessert! Thank you for sharing!

    • Larissa says

      So fun! I hope you have a blast making it. I am happy to share!

  4. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, I love the memories you shared about your Babcia. This recipe looks and sounds delicious,. Our household is all about apples in the fall too. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  5. Raylene DeSanto says

    Larissa, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story about your Babcia plus her apple jack recipe. My Babcia has been gone for many years and with her her recipes I so wish I had. I can’t wait to go to the grocery store today, purchase apples and replicate your recipe. I’m sure it will conjure up fond memories for me when the smell of cinnamon and apples waft through my kitchen. Thanks again. Stay well ❤

    • Larissa says

      They are treasures, indeed. I hope you have a wonderful time creating and reminiscing!

  6. Carol says

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Larissa! My Busia (as we called her) always made this with the apples from our trees. Totally had no idea how she made it. Always a little different (bless her heart, too), but always delicious. I will definitely share this with my family. 💕

    • Larissa says

      That was the same for my grandma. She just threw stuff in with no recipe. Enjoy!

  7. JO-ANN says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m going to try it soon. Can’t wait to see what you are going to do with the little critters.

    • Larissa says

      Fun! I hope you love it. I just ate a piece of it while typing. haha…bliss.

  8. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    Well, now I’m craving apple pie! This looks delicious and looks to feed way more than a regular pie. So that’s where you get your energizer bunny energy from, Larissa – Babcia!

    • Larissa says

      haha…I feel ya! Hard not to eat it ALL. Yes, I come by it honestly. haha. My dad is the same.

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