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Glazed Fruit and Nut Bars

Author: SallyK / Date: 2011-01-16 @ 09:44 pm / Print Me! /
Tags: Apricots / Dried Fruits / Figs / Oranges /

Glazed Fruit and Nut Bars These bars would go great with a cup of Earl Grey tea or a hot espresso. Serve for a coffee break, breakfast, party, or at tea time.

Makes 8 large bars.

Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1/2 c cold unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 c dried fruit mix (figs, prunes, apricots, raisins, currants, cranberries, etc), chopped
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Glaze:

  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tsp orange juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg. F.
  2. Line 11 x 7 x 1.5 inch biscuit/brownie pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and mace until well-incorporated.
  4. Add butter by holding in over the bowl and, using a paring knife, slicing it into slivers and dropping them into the dry ingredients.
  5. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms 1/8-1/4 inch clumps; set aside.
  6. In medium bowl, beat egg lightly.
  7. Stir in the sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and orange zest; add to flour mixture. Combine just until moistened.
  8. Fold in the dry fruit and walnuts. Do not over-mix. (Dough will be loose and will spread while baking.)
  9. Place dough on a floured board and lightly flour the top.
  10. With hands, shape the dough into a 1-inch thick rectangle.
  11. Cut into 8 equal portions and place them, evenly spaced, in the prepared pan.
  12. Bake 25 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly.
  13. Mix powdered sugar and orange juice until pudding-like consistency; drizzle over bars.
  14. Cool and serve.