APRICOT BARS

One of the reasons I love the summer is his fruits! But I like to cook them during the rest of the year, as i do with these bars that are stuffed with jam and dried apricots.

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Ingredients

  • 350 gr dried apricots
  • 280 gr apricot jam
  • 1 tsp. natural lemon juice
  • 170 gr flour, for all uses
  • 150 gr liquid black sugar
  • 40 gr oats
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 120 gr cream cheese
  • 60 gr butter, cold cut into pieces

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  • Butter a 22 cm square baking pan.
  • Cut the dried apricots into small pieces and transfer them to a saucepan along with 170 ml water. Boil them until they absorb almost all of the water.
  • Remove from heat, add jam, lemon juice and mix.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, black sugar, oatmeal, lemon zest, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
  • Add the cream cheese and butter and mix with a fork or hand mixer, until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  • From this mixture keep about 200 gr. aside.
  • Then add to the rest of the mixture 1 teaspoon of water and continue to beating until we have a dough ball.
  • Put the dough in the pan and press by hand to go everywhere.
  • Then press it with the bottom of a glass and bake for 15 minutes. Beware, because it shouldn't go brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and spread the mixture with the apricots.
  • On top, spread the mixture that was left aside, leaving small gaps.
  • Return the baking pan to the oven and bake for another 35 minutes.
  • Then remove it from the oven and allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, cut the bars and serve.

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