Apricot Cherry Bars

"This recipe comes from the 10-12 Dec 2004 issue of the USA Weekend newspaper. It's a great tasting fruit bar, but you do need to watch out for any stray cherry pit."
 
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Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
10
Serves:
50
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ingredients

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directions

  • Move a rack to a lower-middle position in the oven & preheat to 325 degrees F.
  • Spray a 13"x9" glass baking dish with vegetable cooking spray, & set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar & salt.
  • Stir in the butter with a fork until well mixed & clumps have formed.
  • Spread 1 1/2 packed cups of this mixture over the bottom of the baking dish, pressing to form a thin crust.
  • Mix the coconut, almonds, cherries, apricots & milk in a large bowl, blending well.
  • Pour this filling over the crust, distributing evenly & pressing it down.
  • Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the dried fruit filling.
  • Bake about 30 minutes, until lightly golden, then cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  • Can be stored, covered, at room temperature up to 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, cut into 1 1/2" squares.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Michelle B.
    Could I use shredded coconut instead of flaked?
     
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Reviews

  1. Katzen
    Wow, are these ever delicious!! I made these tonight for a bake sale tomorrow, and snuck a little taste, and I think I'll have to make these again next week for my usual Wednesday night group - I wouldn't want them to miss out! Wonderful, Syd, thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Made for PRMR Tag.
     
  2. Kim127
    I'm giving this one five stars for flavor. I think I would bake these longer than 1/2 hour, which may be due to my oven, but either way, they weren't quite done when I took them out. Very rich tasting and all the fruit and nut flavors are so very yummy. I could only find one 5 oz package of dried cherries so I subbed in 5 oz of cherry flavored craisins. Thanks!!
     
  3. AaliyahsAaronsMum
    Absolutely wonderful bars! We LOVED it! My local shop didn't have sweetened condensed milk so I made my own. The flaked coconut we get here are not sweetened so the bars didn't turn out overly sweet, just the way we like it. I used whole almonds roughly chopped, couldn't get hold of dried cherries so had to use glazed cherries. I gave 1/2 batch to one of DH's classes and they all loved it too! Thank you, Sydney Mike, for sharing this wonderful recipe, I definitely will be making it again!
     
  4. Redsie
    Wow! These bars are great - very sweet - but oh so good!! A little piece goes a long way!! Only change I made was to use dried cranberries - would be good also with raisins or any kind of nuts. Thanks SM!!
     
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