Apricot Walnut Bars

Makes 32

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup apricot preserves

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (3 ounces)

1. Put oven rack in middle position; preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan and line it with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two opposite sides; butter the foil.

2. Pulse flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some roughly pea-size butter lumps. Add yolks and vanilla; pulse just until clumps of dough form, about 30 seconds.

3. Press three-fourths of the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan; spread with apricot preserves. Crumble remaining dough over preserves. Sprinkle with walnuts.

4. Bake until top is golden brown and preserves are bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.

5. Lift the bars from the pan by grasping the foil ends. Cut into 32 bars and lift bars off foil with a spatula.

-- Gourmet magazine, April 2006, Epicurious.com



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