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Apricot Raisin Bars

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Ingredients
For filling
  Pecans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), halved
  Dried apricots 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Lemon slice 1 , quartered (Unpeeled)
  Packed brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), broken up
  Cornstarch 1 Tablespoon
  Seedless raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For crust
  Sifted flour 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Packed brown sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs), broken up
  Butter/Margarine 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Uncooked rolled oats 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (Quick Or Regular)
  Egg 1 , beaten
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

MAKING - FILLING
2. In a container of food processor, puree the pecans by running the PUREE blade for about 3- 4 seconds until pecans get roughly chopped.
3. Add water, apricot, brown sugar, lemon and cornstarch and run the PUREE blade for another 15 seconds.
4. Stir in raisins and blend by running the PUREE blade for another 15 seconds.
5. Push the ingredients towards blades by using rubber spatula.
6. Spoon the mixture into saucepan.
7. Cook the mixture until it thickens and allow it to cool.

MAKING - Crust
8. In a mixing bowl, sift baking powder, salt and flour.
9. Add brown sugar and stir well.
10. Cut in margarine using pastry blender until the mixture turns coarse and stir in rolled oats.
11. Preserve 2 cups of mixture for topping.
12. Blend vanilla and egg with the remaining mixture.
13. Spoon the mixture over the bottom of greased baking pan measuring 13 x 9 x 2-inch.
14. Smear the apricot filling over the mixture.
15. Spoon preserved mixture over the top and bake for about half an hour.

SERVING
16. Serve the cold apricot raisin bars with coffee.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Occasion: 
Halloween
Interest: 
Party

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