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Cranberry Bars

Author/Submitted by: Cooking with fruit by Rolce Redard Payne and Dorrit Speyer Senior , The Vancouver Sun Sept 21/94
Servings: 18
Categories: Bars / Cookies / Desserts / Fruits

Ingredients:

-----DOUGH-----
2  cups  All-purpose flour
2  teaspoons  Baking powder
  pinch  Salt
1/2  cup  Butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/2  cup  Sugar
1  tablespoon  Vegetable oil
1  large  Egg
2  teaspoons  Vanilla

-----FILLING-----
1  cup  Sugar
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
1  tablespoon  Cornstarch
1/2  cup  Water
2  cups  Cranberries
1  teaspoon  Grated orange rind
1  tablespoon  Grand Marnier
1/3  cup  Hazelnuts, chopped

Directions:
1. For Dough: Combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and oil. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix until dough feels quite firm. Wrap half the dough in plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes. Press remaining dough evenly on bottom of 13x9-inch shallow baking pan; place in freezer.

2. For Filling: In heavy saucepan, combine all the filling ingredients except hazelnuts; bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for about 8 minutes or until mixture has thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in hazelnuts; let cool.

3. Spread cranberry filling evenly over dough in baking pan. Remove doug from freezer and grate coarsely; sprinkle over top of cranberry filling. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and the sides have pulled away from pan. Place on rack and immediately run a knife around the edge of pan. Leave for 20 minutes, then cut into bars and let cool completely.


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