Apple-Brown Butter Bars
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor combine 1 1/2 cups flour, the almond paste, brown sugar, and almonds. Cover and pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup butter. Cover and pulse until crumbly. Pat mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until edges are light brown.Advertisement
Meanwhile, for spiced brown butter, place 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low 15 minutes or until brown. Remove from heat. Stir in spices; set aside.
For filling: In a small bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, apple juice, 2 tablespoons flour, and the cream. Pour over hot crust. Bake 15 minutes. (Filling will not be completely set.) Arrange apple slices over filling, overlapping as necessary. Brush with half the brown butter mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until apples are tender. Let cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with remaining brown butter. If desired, brush with apple jelly. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Makes 16 bars.