How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was a busy one. We had Bella’s 3rd birthday party yesterday – a brunch gathering with immediate family. Lots of fun, and lots of food, as usual! I’ll be showcasing a good portion of it this week, including Bella’s birthday cake 🙂
Month 2 of participation for me in The Secret Recipe Club proved to be fun, once again. My assignment was Yumsilicious Bakes, a blog that I wasn’t familiar with until now. Avanika is a young woman from Mumbai who has some pretty fun stuff in there that she’s baked – make sure to check it out!
As I browsed through her recipes, I realized that I needed something additional to make for Bella’s brunch. Something sweet…something non-chocolaty…something to satisfy the sweet tooth with a small bite. The bars that I chose seemed to be the perfect solution.
I made several changes to the recipe that Avanika posted, which are all reflected below. Obviously, you can use whatever flavor preserves you like. I chose apricot, well, just because. And I’m glad I did. Yum.
Apricot Walnut Bars
heavily adapted from Yumsilicious Bakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, slightly softened
1 cup AP flour
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup (approximately) apricot preserves (I used reduced sugar)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 square pan. Combine all ingredients besides preserves in a bowl and mix.
Press half of the mixture into the pan, forming a crust. Add the preserves evenly over the top. Sprinkle remaining mixture on top. Bake for about 35 minutes. Cool before cutting.