(Slow Cooker) Spiced Pear Bread Pudding & Libby’s Giveaway

pear bread pudding

These individual Spiced Pear Bread Puddings are made right in your slow cooker!  They’re perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all your other holiday meals.  I LOVE that these individual bread puddings can be made right in your slow cooker since I always have a hard time fitting everything in my oven when I have friends and family over.  These cute little desserts also contain Libby’s diced pears and the nice folks at Libby’s have a great prize for one of you.  Read on for your chance to win!… [read more]

Apple-Pear Blondie Cake Bars

 Been a little busy this week with the kids home from school for winter “break” (I guess countless snow days, early dismissals, and late starts since December weren’t enough of a break!).  I’ve also been busy playing with my new camera!  I’m really excited about my new camera but have so much to learn and going to be awhile before I get it up and running!  Looking forward to improving my food pictures in time!  My poor blog has been so neglected this week!

Anyways, I had some extra Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce  in the freezer from awhile back and thought I’d do some baking with it. I was in the mood for blondies for some strange reason so I decided to make a cross between blondies and an apple cake.

If you don’t have any Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce   you could probably use any thick apple or fruit sauce as a substitute. If you don’t like nuts you can omit them or butterscotch chips would be a great substitute.

The batter comes together fast.  Spread the batter carefully to the edges of the pan with a spatula.

The cake bars will be golden brown when finished.  Be sure to check the middle with a cake tester or toothpick to make sure the center is cooked through.

These “bars” would be great warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for a really special treat!

Apple-Pear Blondie Cake Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
Transform some leftover apple-pearsauce into a baked snack/dessert.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup
  • Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce
  • (or applesauce)
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in small bowl until well combined.
  3. Beat together apple-pear sauce, butter, and sugar in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined, then beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool, then cut into 9 pieces.
  5. Makes 9 bars
Notes
SNAPPY TIPS: These bars are soft and kind of cake/quick bread like. It would taste great topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel. Make sure you cook the cake thoroughly because the middle can take a little longer to cook through.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: I used my homemade Apple-Pearsauce but you could use any apple or fruit sauce. You can use any variety of nuts or omit them all together or substitute something else such as butterscotch chips. If you like more of the cardamom flavor, substitute cardamom for the cinnamon.

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