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Mock Apple Pie Squares

No one ever guesses these sweet "apple" slices are made with zucchini. In fact, there isn't a bit of apple in them. What I like about this yummy recipe is that it makes a lot using economical ingredients. —Lynn Hamilton, Naperville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 8 cups sliced peeled zucchini
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set remaining crumb mixture aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring zucchini and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Drain. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 cup reserved crumb mixture. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in walnuts and raisins.
  • Spread filling evenly over crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 square: 229 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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