Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Apricot and Oat Slices

I love dried apricots.  They are really yummy with a unique tangy taste unlike any other fruits that I have tried. This Apricot and Oats Slices are really good with a cup of hot tea.  It is great as a snack or treat yourself to a slice anytime of the day!  This recipe is so simple and easy to follow.  Another great recipe from Liz Franklin's "brownies and bars" . When eaten it barely warm,  the crumble has a very light crispy crumbly texture, which is very nice.  The taste gets even better the next day, when the crumble has soften and the apricot has cooled and set.  Do this in the evening, and enjoy it for breakfast, if it can last that long! I will make this again, for sure.  

 This recipes makes a rather large slice.  For half the recipe, I use a 7x7 inch baking pan.  I would advise that all four sides of the pan, lined with parchment paper, to avoid the apricots becoming too dark at the sides of the pan.  I mashed the apricots lightly even though the recipe doesn't call for it, its your preference.  You can still see bits and pieces of the apricots, a little bit chewy in every bite, just as I like them!

Apricot and Oat Slices
(adapted from "brownies  & bars" by Liz Franklin)
Makes 15
Preparation time : 1 hour, plus cooling.
You will need a baking tin measuring 24 x36 cm /9-1/2 x 14 inches

500 gm/1 lb 2 oz dried apricots, chopped
100 gm /3-1/2 oz sugar

250 gm/9 oz butter
350 gm/12 oz flour
200 gm/7 oz caster sugar
50 gm/1-3/4 oz jumbo oats

To make the filling, put the apricots and sugar in a saucepan with 100 ml/4 fl oz water.  Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, until the apricots are soft.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/375 degrees F/gas mark 5.  Rub the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.  Add the sugar and oats.

Sprinkle half of the mixture over the base of the tin and press down gently.  Spread the apricot mixture over the base.  Scatter the remaining crumble evenly over the apricots.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cut into squares or slices.  Store in an airtight container.


  1. One of my boys loves anything with apricots, and he just hinted to me that he'd love for me to send him some baked sweets. This will be perfect! Thanks!

  2. Perfect! I love dried apricots as well. Since fresh ones are in season, do you think they could work as well?

  3. dry apricot is my favorite too ...this bar looks really delicious ,love the combo ...must try this ..thanks for sharing dear


  4. I accidentaly found your blog but now I won't leave it- it's so nice, simple but tasty! I really like your receipts and I really think it'll be such an interesting experience trying them since they will bring an exotic taste to my italian dishes!

  5. Never tried apricot this way, sounds yummm

  6. Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    Since your son loves apricot, this is indeed perfect for him. I'm sure that he will love this.

    Hi My Kitchen in the Rockies,
    I have never tried with the fresh apricots. Maybe you could try cooking it with a little bit of sugar to brown and caramelised it a little, it could work. Let me know if you do try this out!

    Hi Satya,
    Yes, please do try out this apricot slice. It is really yummy with hot coffee or tea!

  7. Hi guilia,
    Welcome to my blog. Thank you for the lovely compliment! Glad to know that you are enjoying my posts. You have a great blog too! I will definitely visit you often. Have a nice day!

  8. Hi Vrinda,
    Do try this out. It's simple, easy and delicious! I guess anything with apricots will be a sure winner!

  9. They look delicious and perfect!

  10. These are gorgeous! I don't think they would last until breakfast. Very irresistible!

  11. Hi Pam,
    Yes, these certainly are delicious.

    Hi Reeni
    Thank you for stopping by. This apricot slices are a delight, you can snack on them anytime you wish to! You have a really lovely blog and great recipes! Please do visit again. Have a nice day!

  12. esta receta lo copio..y la publico en mi blog,que rica gracias.un abrazo

  13. I can't take my eyes off of this droolworthy pie. This pie did it for me and that's how I started to follow your blog. Sorry about the late introduction. This recipe is bookmarked and I will definitely try it.

  14. hi kitchen flavours,
    i just love lovethis recipe.
    driedapricots are my favourites and i was so overcome with joy when i found your recipe whilst seacrhing the web.
    love the sweet crumbliness of the slice - it really does compliement the apricots.
    i just want to thank you for postiong such a delicous simple recipe. my guests and family love it and it truly is a winner in my kitchen. i'm sure ill be making it loads more as it is popular demand around the neighbourhood.
    again, thank you so much i just LOVE this recipe.
    i will reccommend it to anyone i know !!!
    and to others reading this, don't just adore the recipe, follow it and make it !! it is super simple and soo worth it !

    1. Hi Amanda,
      I'm so glad that you like this! There's nothing like a good slice of apricot bars for snacking with a cup of tea! I have made this a number of times, for gifts to friends and everyone loved it too!
      Thank you for letting me know that your family have enjoyed it! It feels nice to know that this recipe is enjoyed by another family!. Thank you too for stopping by and your encouraging words!
      Happy New Year!

    2. kitchen flavours,
      we've just been on holiday (withthe now famous apricot crumble slice)I have actually given the recipe to family and friends - most of which have triedit out and now bring it to almost every occasion. i am a big fan of your blog and i am avidly searching it for more stunning recipes - with success. there are lots of amazing recipes but the Apricot Crumble Slice is still by far my favourite (in its catorgory).
      Again thank you so much and i can't wait to continue baking with your recipes. Have you ever considered compiling all of your recipes and creating a cookbook? i think it would be a success.
      Good luck !

    3. Hi Amanda,
      Thank you for your encouraging and nice words! I'm glad that your friends and family love it too. You flatter me! This recipe is not mine but rather taken from a cookbook, so the full credit should really go to the pastry chef who created this recipe! :)
      I'm happy to share and it makes my day that you've so nice to let me know that you have really enjoyed this delicious apricot slices.
      Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you get as much pleasure from the recipes as I have in sharing them!