Layered Ontario Apple-Cream Cheese Squares

cup (175 mL) all-purpose flour
cup (50 mL) brown sugar
cup (50 mL) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

1 large Ontario Apple, cored and coarsely chopped
tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
1 (250 g) package cream cheese, softened
1 Ontario Egg
cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

cup (50 mL) unsalted butter, softened
cup (50 mL) brown sugar
tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
cup (125 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line 9-inch (23 cm ) square baking pan with foil or parchment allowing 2-inch (5 cm) overhang on 2 sides.

In bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut-in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press gently over bottom of prepared pan. Set aside.

In small bowl, toss chopped apple with cinnamon. In another bowl, beat cream cheese with egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread evenly over crust. Arrange chopped apple evenly over cream cheese filling; press down gently.

In bowl, cream together butter, sugar and cinnamon. Stir in flour and oats. Crumble evenly over apples; press down gently.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until browned and apples are tender.

Let cool completely on rack. Lift out of pan and cut into 16 squares.

Serves: Makes 16 squares

Nutritional Facts
Nutrients per serving (1 square): 189 calories, 12 g total fat, 55 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 3 g protein.

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association,

July to March
If pears are unripe, place them in a paper bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days , and refrigerate as soon as they ripen.