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Apricot bars

Apricot bars, like all fruit bars, are not only delicious, they are also quick and easy to put together. All you need to do is to cook down some fruit, in this case fresh apricots, and to prepare a crumble, which will serve as the crust and topping for the apricot squares. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Nathalie

Ingredients

For the apricot compote:

  • 800 g apricots 1.5 lb or about 20 apricots
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 lemon squeeze

For the crumble:

  • 120 g (1 cup) flour
  • 110 g (1/2 cup) butter
  • 110 g (1 cup+ 2 tbsp) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

Prepare the apricot compote:

  1. Remove the pits from the apricots, cut each half into 4 pieces and place in a small pan.

  2. Split the vanilla pod down its length and scrape out the seeds with a knife. Add the vanilla seeds, vanilla pods, lemon juice and granulated sugar to the pan and cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Prepare the crumble:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356 F).
  2. With the tips of your fingers, mix the flour, butter, salt, icing sugar and vanilla extract gently together until a sandy crumble texture forms.
  3. Spoon 3/4 of the crumble into a greased 20x20 (8'x8') square baking pan (or alternatively a 20cm round baking pan) and distribute evenly. Spoon the apricot compote over the crumble then sprinkle with the remaining crumble.
  4. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for approximately 15-20 minutes, then cut into bars.
  5. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.