Frangipane Bars

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READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 49 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly butter a 15x10x1" baking pan.
  • TO MAKE THE CRUST:.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Ad the butter and shortening and using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with 1 tbls of ice water and toss with a fork until the mixture begins to pull together as a dough.
  • Gather into a ball and place on a lightly floured work surface.
  • Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle large enough to cover the bottom and reach up 1/4 of the way up sides of pan. (trim as needed).
  • The crust will shrink slightly after it is prebaked. Fit the dough into the pan and press into place.
  • Bake the crust for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350*.
  • If the cherry or strawberry preserves are especially lumpy, puree them briefly in a food processor until smooth. Spread in a thin layer over the cooled crust.
  • TO MAKE THE TOPPING:.
  • in a large bowl, beat the sugar, almond paste and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the flour, the vanilla dn almond extracts and salt until smooth.
  • Spoon the topping over the cherry preserves, using a small spatula to spread it inot an even layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.(the frangipan will be browned on edges and slightly soft in the center).
  • Cool thoroughly (the center will firm when cooled) on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
  • Cut 7 acoss and 7 down.
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