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Granny’s Old Fashioned Apricot Bars

June 3, 2017

Granny’s Old Fashioned Apricot Bars

 

12 ounces chopped dried apricots

2 Tbsps. brandy, see variation below

½ cup sugar

¾ cup orange juice

¾ cup water

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 cup butter, room temperature

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup shredded sweetened coconut

3 Tbsps. brown sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.    Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil with edges hanging over sides of pan for easy removal of bars.   Spray foil lined pan with cooking spray.

 

In a medium saucepan stir together apricots, brandy, sugar, orange juice and water.    Over medium high heat bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes or until fruit is soft and has absorbed most of the liquid.   Remove from heat and set aside to cool then puree in food processor; set aside.

 

In a large bowl mix together well the flour, powdered sugar, salt and baking powder.   Cut butter in to ½ inch cubes and mix into flour mixture until crumbly.   Put 1 ¼ cups of this mixture into another bowl and stir in pecans and coconut, set aside for topping.   Firmly press the rest of the mixture into prepared 9×13 baking dish.

 

Bake crust mixture for about 15 minutes or until golden in color.   Remove from oven.

 

Spread apricot filling over warm crust.   Sprinkle reserved topping mixture over apricot filling and sprinkle brown sugar over top.   Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until golden brown.   Remove from oven and cool on wire rack to room temperature.   When cool lift out of pan with overhanging foil and cut into 2 inch squares and serve.

 

Variation:

Use 1 tsp. brandy or raspberry extract plus 2 Tbsps. water in place of 2 Tbsps Brandy.

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