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Dried apricots and apricot preserves flavor these easy to make bars – no mixer needed!
Dietary Fiber: 0g
About a week ago, I decided I wanted to make a bar that featured apricots. I have been cruising the net in search thereof. I found several, but something about their composition told me they weren't quite what I was looking for. With 40+ years of baking under my belt, at this point I usually start experimenting & developing my own recipe. Imagine my delight this morning when I found the link to this recipe in my inbox. I would have never have thought of combining the preserves with the diced dried fruit. That, and the touch of coconut & nuts, should make this bar really stand out. I look forward to trying the out after my next grocery shopping trip. By the way, I am with Helen, I shall be subbing in almonds for the walnuts. My neighborhood bakery that closed a number of years ago used to make an almond and apricot danish that was to die for. I haven't been able to find anything remotely similar to their balance of flavors. This looks so very promising.
I made this recipe for the first time last night for after church coffee this morning. I admit I often try out my new recipes this way. I'm never disappointed with LO'L recipes and this one was no exception. It came out deliciously moist and just a bit chewy, easy to cut into squares. Everybody liked it. I will make it again. One thing I did change was the nuts, I prefer almonds in cooking to walnuts, personal preference. For the shredded coconut I used the usual sweetened variety. I might substitute unsweetened next time, I'm not fond of overly sweet cookies and bars so I tend to skimp a bit on sugar.
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