An old-fashioned crumb bar with an orange-raisinfruit filling.
Recipe: Basic Fruit CrumbBars
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup quick-cooking oats 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 1/4 cups raisins 3/4 cup orange juice 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, quickcooking oats, brown sugar and baking soda. Cut in butter untilthe mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 1/2 cup of the crumbmixture; add 1/2 cup nuts to the reserved portion and set aside.Press remainder into the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch squarepan.
In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.Stir in raisins, grated orange juice and orange peel. Cook andstir until thick and bubbly, then spread over the crumb layer.
Sprinkle reserved crumb/nut mixture ontop and press in lightly.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until top isgolden. Cool in the pan before cutting into bars.
Makes 16 bars.
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