Happy New Year to you all! How is everyone doing? Full of the joys? Whilst I’m missing the slow pace of the festive period, in particular afternoon nap time, I’m also really excited about many plans for 2015. So to keep me going through these grey rainy days, I’ve baked a batch of energy bars filled with nuts, seeds and fruits. Plus I got to put a lovely Christmas present from my cousin Harri into use – a beautiful new storage tin! Here it is…
Having baked Christmas cakes, mince pies, stollen, biscotti and more for my family over Christmas, I had a glut of leftover dried fruits and nuts, all little bits in packets taking up valuable kitchen cupboard space. This recipe makes use of all these bits and can be varied to your heart’s content. Just keep the combined weight of the various fruits/nuts/seeds the same and put in whatever you fancy.
I love making these bars, originally inspired by this recipe from Rose Prince. This time around I used up dried apricots, cranberries, flaked almonds, pumpkin, poppy and sesame seeds, linseeds and sultanas. The bars are sweetened with light muscovado sugar (I use Billingtons for a great taste) and a dash of maple syrup. You could however cut down the sugar a little if you wish and just use the natural sweetness of dried fruits.
Keeping it simple for January, there are just three basic steps. Weigh out the dried goods and sugar into a bowl. Then weigh out the butter, honey and maple syrup directly into a pan (saves on washing up!). Once melted into a syrup, pour over the dried goods and stir together before baking into bars. Then enjoy!
150g porridge oats
70g rye flour
25g dried cranberries
45g pumpkin seeds
15g poppy seeds
70g flaked almonds
100g dried apricots, chopped
1tsp bicarbonate soda
150g light muscovado sugar
100g runny honey
1tbsp maple syrup
1. Grease and line an 8” by 8” square tin. Preheat the oven to 160C.
2. Weigh out all the dried ingredients (up to and including the sugar in the list above) into a large bowl and mix together.
3. Weigh out the butter (diced), runny honey and maple syrup into a pan. Set over a gentle heat and stir continuously until all the butter is melted.
4. Pour the butter mixture over the dried ingredients, mixing well. Spread the mixture in the tin and smooth down.
5. Bake for 25 minutes, until the bars are golden and bubbling. Leave to cool a little in the tin before cutting into bars or squares as you wish.
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