Apple, Pear Custard Pie Bars


Prep time: 
30 minutes


Apple pie bars – cinnamon flavored bars with a buttery crust, apple slices, custard and streusel topping

When cooled the bars are cut to enjoy a soft, moist cinnamon flavored bar.


  • 150g all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 70g butter, very, very soft. Almost melted but still in solid form
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.75 double cream
  • 0.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cup butter cold, diced
  • 0.5 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Line a 11X7 pan with parchment paper, leaving some paper hanging over the longer sides.
  2. In a food processor bowl, add the flour, sugar, butter, egg yolk, water. Pulse a couple of times until it forms a ball. if it’s too dry add few more drops of water.
  3. With floured hands roll the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, with just 1/2 inch on the sides. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20-30 minutes. Heat the oven to 375F.
  4. Meanwhile make the topping: in the food processor bowl (since it’s already dirty from the crust) add all the ingredients and pulse until it comes together. It’s gonna be a very soft dough.
  5. Place it in plastic or foil, cover with another foil and shape into a 1 inch thick log. Place it in the freezer until ready to use.
  6. To make the apple filling: core and slice the apples. Optional to peel them.
  7. Put the apples in a sauce pan, along with the sugar, water and cinnamon. Cover and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes or until the slices soften.
  8. Remove the lid and cook a little more until the liquid evaporates.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. When the crust is chilled, cover it with parchment paper, fill it with dry beans/uncooked dry rice/baking beads and bake for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove the paper and the beans, reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for 5 more minutes.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. When the crust and the filling are cooled, spread the apple slices on top of the crust.
  14. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar, and heavy cream. Pour over the apple slices.
  15. Put the pie in the heated oven (350F) and bake for 25 minutes or until the custard is set.
  16. Take it out of the oven (without turning off the oven) and grate the topping. I found it’s easier to grate the topping in the food processor so the heat form your hands doesn't soften the dough.
  17. Bake for further 15 minutes.
  18. Cool completely before slicing.


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