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Apricot Squares

  (Serves 32)

Here is four star dessert recipe we found on allrecipes.com submitted by Missy. It's a lovely match with our Semillon de Soleil and a scoop of vanilla ice cream next to each square doesn't go amiss.

Ingredients

2/3 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup white sugar

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup confectioners' sugar

 

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8-inch square pan.

Place apricots and enough water to cover in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, cool, then chop coarsely.

Cream together the butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 cup flour until crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared pan and pack down. Bake in the preheated oven until firm and slightly golden, 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and brown sugar until well blended. Combine 1/3 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the egg mixture. Mix in vanilla, walnuts and apricots. Spread mixture over baked layer.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into bars and dip in confectioners' sugar.