Prune Cream Cheese Pastry Bars

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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 18
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • TO MAKE THE PASTRY:.
  • Place the cream cheese, butter, flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process just until a dough begins to form. Turn out onto a floured surface and gather into a ball. Place on a piece of plastic wrap, flatten slightly, wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.or unti chilled.
  • TO MAKE THE FILLING:.
  • Combine the prunes and orange juice in a small non aluminum saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until the prunes absorb all of the moisture, about 15 minutes.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Place in a food processor and process until the consistency is fairly smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in orange zest and walnuts.Set aside until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 400*.Cut a piece of foil to fit the bottom of a 9" square pan. Place the foil on a work surface -- Lightly butter the pan.
  • Remove the chilled pastry from the refrigerator and divide in half -- Place one half in the center of the foil and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough the fit the foil -- Trim the edges flush with the foil, as needed and use the trimmings to patch the rounded corners and make them square, trimming with a small knife as needed.
  • Invert the foil into the prepared pan.carefully peel off the foil.Reserve the foil for the remaining pastry.
  • Spread the pastry lined pan with a thin, even layer of prune filling.
  • Roll out the remaining half of the pastry as previously described.Invert the pastry over the filling, peel off the foil.
  • Lightly brush the top of the pastry with the beaten egg.
  • Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350*.and bake for 25 minutes or unti the top is golden and the edges have pulled away from the sides of the pan.
  • Cool on a wire rack.Dust the top with powdered sugar sifted through a small strainer.
  • Cut into 18 bars.
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