Apricot Slice

Pricot Slice

These apricot slices are great for afternoon tea or as home-baked gifts.  I shared a few slices with different friends and these were some of their comments:

“I like the nice tangy taste of the dried apricot and the aroma of the Earl Grey tea”; “Do you sell this?”;

“I did not know you can bake with Q.B.B ghee”;

“Aiyoh! So nice!”

You can also use dried peaches or prunes instead of apricots if you want.

 Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  35 minutes

Serves: 8

FOR THE BASE
150 g Q.B.B Ghee
60 g icing sugar
1 X 60 g egg, lightly beaten
280 g plain flour, sifted

FOR THE TOPPING
300 g dried apricots

300 g water

8 Earl Grey teabags

200 g caster sugar

3 X 60 g eggs

grated zest of 2 lemons

120 ml lemon juice

2 g baking powder

60 g plain flour

20 X 30 cm slice tin

 METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the dried apricots, water and tea bags in a small saucepan.  Bring them to a boil until the water turns dark brown.  Remove and discard the tea bags.
  3. Reduce the heat and cook till the apricots become soft and the liquid has evaporated.   Let them cool down and chop them up coarsely.
  4. Line a 20 x 30 cm slice tin with non-stick paper.
  5. Cream the Q.B.B Ghee and sugar until light and fluffy in a mixing bowl. Add in 1 egg and beat it lightly to incorporate it with the mixture.
  6. Fold in the sifted flour. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared tin and smoothen the surface.
  7. Bake at 180° C for 15 minutes.
  8. To prepare the topping, beat the sugar, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice together.  Fold in the baking powder and flour.
  9. When the base is baked, sprinkle the chopped apricots evenly on top and pour the lemon-egg mixture over the top.
  10. Bake for a further 25 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.
  11. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

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