Citrus Flavours

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This blog has been designed to enlighten the world to sweet and savoury cusine. Personally, my favourite ingredient in cooking is citrus fruits, particually lemons, so I will try to inspire your inner chef to share the interesting flavour of lemons in the most indulgent cupcakes, muffins, cakes, slices, cookies and of course savoury dishes. My collection of recipes can be applied to any situation; formal or informal, in any case they are delicious and will interest your guests! Enjoy preparing and sharing the following recipes for what will be a memorable gathering with friends and family for any occassion.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Belgium Bars

Recipe from 100 Favourite Cakes and Slices
Images by Tammy

This is a delicious slice/bar to eat with friends for afternoon tea. I have passed this recipe on to many of my friends and they have all loved it and found it truely addictive! It is a very sweet slice and I have always found it to taste similarly to gingerbread, but maybe that is just me. You'll have to try it and tell me what you think!


Ingredients:
Base:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups plain flour
Filling:
  • approx. 1/2 cup jam (of your choice)
Icing:
  • 2 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 25g softened butter
  • approx. 3 tblsp lemon juice or water
  • red jelly crystals or coloured sugar

Method:
Grease or line with baking paper a large baking tin. For base, measure the brown sugar, softened butter and egg into a large bowl or food processor. Mix well, then add all the dry ingredients except for the flour. Mix again then add and mix in half the flour. Add the remaining flour and mix well. Divide dough into 2 parts, refridgerate in a plastic bag until firm enough to roll. Roll each half out to fit your pan (if you like, work the dough between sheets of floured waxed paper or plastic to prevent sticking).

Place the first sheet in the prepared baking pan and neaten the edges. Spread it with a thin layer of jam, then cover with the second sheet of dough. Prick in a few places.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until the centre is firm when gently pressed. Cool, ice as below and cut into bars.

For icing (if desired), mix icing sugar, butter and enough lemon juice or water to make it fairly soft. Spread evenly over the cooked mixture. If you like, sprinkle a few jelly crystals (or some coloured sugar) on the icing in rows.

7 comments:

  1. These bars look fabulous and flavourful

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  2. Wow my mouth is watering..... Have a good weekend. Diane

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  3. Wow yumMEE!
    You know, you should kick your cooking up a notch to the next level and do something spicy. Spicy things are great to make!
    Though, your pastries are wonderful. I tried making the coffee loaf with my cousin. I love drinking hot coffee. Now I like coffee bread too!

    Thank you for those wonderful recipes.
    Nivedha

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  4. Yasmin I have discovered that if I cannot pass comments, I switch to Firefox and then they seen to be fine. I have now got Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox downloaded and the latter seems to be the best with comments. A friend in Australia has also discovered that this works for him as well. Good Luck Diane

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  5. So gorgeous!! Bookmarking now... :) Thanks for the lovely recipe! Ymmmmmyyyyy!

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  6. Yasmin, I don't know how I missed a post from you several months ago on my blog. I was reviewing comments and found your blog. I will add you to my favorites list today so that I can stay up on your latest recipes. BTW, these bars look delicious.

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