Apricot Almond Bars

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Dried apricots lend an appealing tanginess to this layered bar.

  • Portion size 40 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
Filling:
  • 2 cups dried apricots minced
  • 1/4 cup almond liqueur
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped almond toasted
Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond liqueur

Method

Line 13- x 9-inch metal cake pan with parchment paper; set aside.

In bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt until fluffy; using wooden spoon, stir in flour until combined. Press into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350?F oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring apricots, 1/2 cup water and almond liqueur to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until apricots are tender and liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

Stir in eggs and sugar; spread over base. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake in centre of 350?F oven until set and golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Glaze: In bowl, stir icing sugar with almond liqueur until smooth. Drizzle over filling; let stand until set.

(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

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