These bars are a nice treat. They are simple and delicious.
You will need a 9"x13" baking pan.
The oven temperature is 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crust and topping-
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal( either quick cook or regular)
1-1/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup(2 sticks) butter
3-4 medium size apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves( or, if you prefer, nutmeg)
In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda.
Cut the butter in the flour mixture until everything is crumbly.
To cut in, use a fork, pastry blender, or work it in with your hands.
Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
Press the rest into the bottom of the cake pan.
Start preheating the oven.
In a medium saucepan, combine the filling ingredients.
Bring it to a boil.
Turn the heat down and cover.
Let it simmer for 10 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Take off the heat and spread the apples over the crust.
Sprinkle the reserved flour mixture over the top of the filling.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Let cool to slightly warm before cutting.
If you want a small pan, halve the recipe and use a 9" square pan.