Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A quick and healthy treat!

Fruit & Honey Bars
When I’m out and about talking about Grandma’s baking, people often say that they don’t have time to bake. There are lots of recipes in Grandma’s collection which don’t require huge amounts of preparation and are quick to bake. Here’s a quick and healthy treat which you can make in two shakes! You can put any combination of dried fruits and nuts : raisins, sultanas, apricots, cherries, cranberries, dates, almonds, pistachios, walnuts or flaked coconut as you prefer. *I usually make them with 2oz/50g sugar as I haven’t a sweet tooth. I like the tangy taste from the lemon juice. These are great for a picnic or lunchtime treat. 
Fruit & Honey Bars
12 oz/350g oats
6 oz/175g raisins
*4 oz/110g chopped nuts
5 oz/150g butter melted
4 oz/110g demerara sugar
4 oz/110g honey or golden syrup
2 tsps lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla essence

Toast the oats in a baking tin at 180C (160C Fan), Mark 4, 350F, stirring occasionally until starting to brown. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix all ingredients. Line a Swiss roll tin 10 x12 inches/ 25 x 30 cms with baking paper. Spread the mixture on top and smooth the surface with a spatula or palette knife. Bake for about 20 minutes at 180C (160C Fan), Mark 4, 350F. Cool and cut into bars.
I hope you’ll enjoy baking these fruit and honey bars. What do you think of them? 

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