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Apricot and Oatmeal Bars


About this dish

Use Top and Bottom Heat

Baking time 40-45 minutes

Makes 12 bars

 

Ingredients

For the apricot filling

400g ready to eat apricots

150ml water

Finely grated rind of 1 small lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

For the oatmeal crust

130g plain flour

160g light brown sugar

half tsp baking powder

quarter tsp salt

Pinch ground cinnamon

225g cold butter, cut into cubes

220g jumbo oats

 

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Method:

Top and Bottom Heat at 180C

1. To make the apricot filling: Place the apricots and water in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apricots are soft and have absorbed most of the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon rind. Let cool to room temperature and then puree in the food processor until fairly smooth.

2. Line a 26 x 20cm baking tin with parchment paper.

3. To make the oatmeal crust: Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor, pulse to combine. Then add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and just beginning to come together. Tip in the oats and pulse until mixed but the oats are not over processed. Spread about two-thirds of the mixture onto the base of the prepared tin.

4. Spread the apricot puree evenly over the oatmeal crust. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly over the top of the apricots, press down gently. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool, then cut into squares.

 

Note: To bake using Microwave Combination choose Top and Bottom Heat at 180C and 180W and bake for 27-30 minutes.