Saturday, February 18, 2012

Glazed Rum Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bars


3/4 cup raisins
1 cup rum
1/2 cup liquid from simmered raisins
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 minced cooking apple (mcintosh or gala)
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
optional : 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice

Glaze
1/3 cup margarine or butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 to 4 tablespoons hot water or rum

In a small saucepan, measure 1 cup rum and 3/4 cup raisins. Bring this mixture to a slow boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, simmer for about 10 minutes. If there isn't quite 1/2 cup liquid left add water to measure 1/2 cup.  Cool.
Blend together the sugar and the shortening till fluffy.  Add the egg and the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour, spices, baking soda,  alternately with the reserved 1/2 cup liquid from the raisins. Fold in most of the raisins (leaving a few for the top to garnish after baking)  apples and nuts if using.  Grease and flour a brownie or square cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or toothpick comes out clean when testing the center.  Cool completely before adding the glaze.
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