Friday, September 20, 2013

Cherry-nut bars

September 11, 2013

A slightly-sick and very travel-weary girl still needs to snack, and over the last week this recipe from Cupcake Kitteh has served me well. The slice has a sweet and nutty base of almonds, macadamias and dates - I wasn't sure whether Mandee used dried or fresh dates but I had success with dried dates and a splash of water. From there it's brightened up with still-whole dried cherries and lemon; I added a little salt too. I really liked the lemon and salt effects, so I'd recommend bold doses!

Cherry-nut bars
(slightly adapted from a recipe at Cupcake Kitteh)

1 cup almonds
1 cup macadamias
2 cups dried dates
zest of 1 lemon
lemon juice, to taste
a dash of vanilla
a generous pinch of salt
1/2 cup dried cherries

Line a baking tray with paper.

In a food processor, coarsely grind together the almonds and macadamias. Add the dates and a couple of tablespoons of water, blend a bit, then add the lemon zest and juice, vanilla and salt. Blend the mixture until it forms a crumbly but moist dough. Add lemon juice and salt to taste, and water for binding, if needed.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir through the dried cherries. Press the mixture evenly into the baking tray and refrigerate it for at least a couple of hours before slicing.