Super sweet, but set off nicely by the tang of the green tomatoes. The vanilla instead of lemon works well. Tomatoes vary a lot in water content, so be prepared to cook until thick. I just cooked it until I was ready with the crust, and then added some corn starch and water to thicken it to a jelly. Otherwise, it would have taken hours. Worked great. I don't understand the unsalted butter to which you add salt. Sodium isn't that critical in this recipe, and it is certainly not a health food. Look at the calories per piece! Use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh. It won't make a bit of difference. I also cut the sugar in the tomatoes to 1/2 cup, and it came out even better than the original. This is a good enough treat to bring to the church potluck.
I made these for my daughter and nieces. They liked them. I agree with the reviewer that said they tasted similar to a fig newton, only a bit more tangy. We did drizzle some frosting on them to disguise the green tomato look - the oldest niece and I told the younger two they were green apple bars. The odor does give off that it is made with tomatoes
This is really good. Saddly I have lost my tomatoe crop to late blight...and I can tell you I am feeling so sorry for the Irish who went through the potatoe famine(same disease different plants). Anyhow the extension agent said it was fine to eat the green ones that looked fine...so I have 30 plants worth of green tomatoes almost ready to turn red.......I did use 3 tsp.of cinnamon in the tomatoes, and 1 tsp. in the crust. I skipped the lemon extract. Also used a mixter of millet flour, barely flour, and reg. wheat flour.
Theese were great! they are similar to date bars. I even canned chopped green tomatoes so i can make theese durring the winter. The whole family loved them. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
Yes, this is an unusual recipe, but so many green tomatoes-what the heck. The bars center reminded me of fig newtons only with tomatoes. A little bland even with the lemon extract. I am going to make the bars again with vanilla extract and cinnamon or apple pie spice (not kidding about to many green tomatoes). That should do the trick!
Very tasty - cooked salad sized green tomatoes and used a strainer to drain.
My batch tended to stick to the pan after refrigeration. Was able to get them
out in odd shapes, not neat rectangles - needed to have cut and removed
the rectangles right after the pan cooled. Enjoyed them anyways, am
looking forward to green tomatoes again next fall! Thank you!
In the words of my 4yoDD "wowie zowie!" These are sooo good. I followed the recipe, my only deviations are I added 1T of cinnamon to the apples and used vanilla extract instead of lemon. I simmered the tomatoes for 30 minutes, than another 30 and it was still much too runny, so I boiled it for 15 minutes and it was right. Thanks for the recipe, these are AMAZING!
Deeeelish! You would never know that it is tomato. Next time I would tone down the sugar.
We loved these! We had so many green tomatoes left over and this was a great way to use them.
This was a fantastic recipe! The only observation I have is that despite following the recipe exactly, even the next morning, it never did reach "bar" consistency - more like a fruit crisp. Anyway, everyone really liked it. Thanks!