Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Apricot and walnut slice

If you are a lover of apricots or walnuts, then you will love this apricot and walnut slice! If you don’t like walnuts, you can always leave them out and the slice will taste just as good. Emily and I went to our friend’s house to make these yummy goodies and they are very simple to make.

To make the base of this slice, you will need to use your hands to mix the butter with the flour thoroughly so that it combines properly. You also have to make sure you press the base into the pan well so that it doesn’t crumble once cooked.

For this recipe you will need walnuts, dried apricots, flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and baking powder and luckily none of these are very expensive or hard to get.

Apricot and walnut slice
Makes: 20
Cooking time: 55 mins

The base
1 cup plain flour
¼ cup white sugar
90gms softened butter

The top
2/3 cup dried apricots
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs well beaten
½ cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla essence

Method (base):
1. Preheat oven to 160C and line 20x15cm tray
2. With your hands, mix butter, sugar and flour until crumbly
3. Press into tray firmly using hands or spatula
4. Bake for 25 minutes

Method (top):
1. Rinse apricots, cover with water and simmer for 10 mins with lid on. 2. Drain and cool. Chop into small pieces.
3. Sift flour and baking powder together
4. Gradually beat brown sugar into eggs and add to flour mixture.
5. Add vanilla, walnuts, apricots and mix.
6. Spread over baked base and cook for 30 mins at 160C
7. Cut into bars and if desired, dust with icing sugar

Sifting the flour
Adding the sugar to the eggs
Adding the apricots to the mixture
Pouring the top over the cooked base

 And that’s all there is to it so give it a try!

Keep Cooking, Twins in the Kitchen 

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