Sunday, January 31, 2010

All About Apricots

Apricot Nut Squares
I am a fan of any recipe with apricots and this easy to bake cake is no exception. Some years ago when a vegetarian friend invited herself over, I was wondering what to give her. Thank goodness for the internet. Within minutes I had cut and pasted a few variations of vegetarian cakes and since I love apricots replaced the dried fruits with apricots. It was a hit and still is with everyone who tastes it.

The Recipe
15 dried apricots; 3/4 cup milk;125 gms sugar; 250gms flour; 125gms butter;1/2 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1 tbsp nuts.
Soak the apricots in warm milk overnight. Remove the seeds. Crack and reserve the kernels for decoration. Add sugar and blend to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it is soaked in. Transfer to mixing bowl. Add butter and gently stir.
Sieve together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Gently fold in the flour,one table spoon at a time. Add the nuts and mix. Scatter apricot kernels on top.
Preheat the oven at 350F. Bake in a greased, square pan( 8") for 35-40min (or till a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean). Cut into 16 squares and serve with tea or coffee.
This cake has a wonderful aroma and your mouth will water as the cake begins to bake. Mmmmm.....

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