Prep 35 mins
Cook 45 mins
Delicious and easy fruit bars that make good use of your food processor. These bars have a very intense not-too-sweet apricoty flavor, so are best if cut into small squares.
- 1⁄2 cup butter, chilled
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 18 -20 dried apricot halves, soaked in water and drained (20-30 minutes)
- 1⁄2 cup raisins, soaked in water and drained (I soak both the raisins and the apricots in the same water)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted cashew halves or 1⁄2 cup cashew pieces
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cut butter in pieces and place in the food processor bowl (fitted with the steel knife) with flour, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Process until blended using on/off turns (5-10 seconds).
- Press into a 9 x 9-inch pan.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- While crust is baking, make the topping.
- Place drained apricots, raisins, one tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar in the processor bowl and process until chopped finely (5-10 seconds).
- Pour into a seperate bowl and set aside.
- Add eggs to processor bowl and mix using on/off turns for 5-10 seconds.
- Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and apricots/raisin mixture.
- Process using 3 on/off turns.
- Fold in cashews, using one on/off turn.
- Spoon mixture over baked crust, spreading evenly and covering whole crust.
- Return to oven for 30-35 minutes or until done.
- Cool on rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
- Cut into squares.
This is very tasty, I love the flavor of apricots and this is all I expected and more. It has a nice moist topping with a shortbread crust. I did bake for 35 minutes. Thanks for coming up with a great recipe.
These were absolutely delicious AND easy. - I had never made fruit bars before because I don't count dried fruit among my favorite foods but I wanted to try something new. I am very glad I did so! I found out, that it is mostly the texture of dried fruit that I don't like, not so much the taste. There is no chewy texture or overly sweet taste because the fruit is chopped so fine and the lemon juice so brightens the flavour. The fruit topping is very juicy and aromatic and if it had had the chance (it hadn't) to blend flavours for a day might have been even better. Those bars will certainly be made again in this house. I followed the instructions exactly, baked the bottom for 16 minutes until corners started to get yellow and center seemed firm. Baked fruit mixture 30 minutes until it seemed dry in the middle. I cut into 36 squares. I had the first together with my best friend over a cup of black tea. Ideal combination (the friend as well as the tea :) ).