Dried Fruit Cake Bars

Here's a superb tweak on the traditional recipe: dried local fruits and bite-sized bars.

December 2010 | By
Dried Fruit Cake Bars
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December 2010

'Tis the season for fruitcake! Here's a superb tweak on the traditional recipe: Use dried local fruits and cut the cake into bite-sized bars. 1 cup all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder1 cup mixed dried fruits 1 cup unsalted butter, melted1 cup brown sugar, packed2 eggs1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon honey3/4 cup chopped nuts (we used walnuts and cashews)1  Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside. 2  Sift together flour, salt, ground cinnamon, and baking powder. Divide in half. 3  Dredge dried fruits in half of the flour mixture. 4  In a bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add honey, then stir in remaining flour mixture. Fold in dried fruits and nuts.5  Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool before slicing into bars.Baking tips:•  We used dried mangoes, coconut, bananas, and pineapples in this recipe. •  To give as gifts, first wrap bars in aluminum foil then in colored cellophane or go here: How to package baked goodsFor a step-by-step tutorial, go here: How to make Len's dried fruit cake bars


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