Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jane Austen's Birthday is Today

In honor of the British authoress, I am posting the best recipe from a recent party with the Jane Austen Society of North America.  A proper afternoon tea was laid out by Terry and Lindy in their condo overlooking the Nelson Art Gallery.  We had a delicious view, a full cup of literary comments, and several servings of sociableness.
Apricot Bars
Cover: 1 c. dried apricots with water. Cook 10 min. Drain and chop into small pieces.
1 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/3 c. white sugar
1/2 c. uncooked oats
Cut in: 1/2 c. butter
Press into a greased 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
Beat: 2 eggs
Add: 1 c. brown sugar
Blend in: 1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. almond flavoring
1 c. flaked coconut
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (don't use pecans; can stir into mixture or wait and sprinkle on top at the last)
Add: apricots from above.
Spread over crust; sprinkle with nuts (see note).
Bake at 350' F about 35 minutes.
Run a table knife around the perimeter of the pan; let it sit about 20 minutes before cutting. Freezes well.
(From a Christmas cookbook by Wisconsin Power/Light and Gas Company in 1957)

12/21 Update:  I heard that Google did a special doodle for Jane:

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