Another Recipe for Thanksgiving…

Get Ready for Thanksgiving: Make-Ahead Apricot & Oat Slices

 For the seriously challenged in the kitchen, who must bring something homemade to a Thanksgiving feast, I offer you the easiest dessert…

Apricot & Oat Slices

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Makes 12 HUGE squares.seriously consider doing half recipe. From the
Glenorchy Café, 27 miles south of Queenstown, New Zealand.

2 cups dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1 LB unsalted butter, softened
4 cups flour
3  cups rolled oats (or old fashioned or other oats)
2 cups light brown sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350. Put chopped apricots in heavy sauce pan, cover with
water, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit until soft and swollen
(about 5 minutes), then drain. Grease a 12′ x 9″ pan with one tsp. of the
butter. (7.5 x 7.5 pan is almost exactly half size) When in doubt, go up in
pan size as these come out fairly thick.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients then cut in remaining butter
with pastry cutter or two table knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Using your hands, press half the mixture into pan in an even layer. Scatter
all the apricots evenly on top. Then scatter remaining mixture evenly on top
of that.

Bake until golden brown about 50 minutes. Cool pan on rack and then cut into squares.

About John

John Bolinger was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and Purdue University, receiving his BA and MA from those schools. Then he taught English and French for thirty-five years at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana before moving to Colorado. He spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. Besides COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher, John's other books are ALL MY LAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood, and COME ON, FLUFFY, THIS AIN'T NO BALLET, a Novel on Coming of Age, all available on Amazon.com as paperbacks and Kindle books. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles with colleagues, administrators, and parents through a parade of characters that include a freshman boy for whom the faculty code name is “Spawn of Satan,” to a senior girl whose water breaks during a pop-quiz over THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Through social change and the relentless march of technology, the human element remains constant in the book’s personal, entertaining, and sympathetic portraits of faculty, students, parents, and others. The audience for this book will certainly include school teachers everywhere, teenagers, parents of teens, as well as anyone who appreciates that blend of humor and pathos with which the world of public education is drenched. The drive of the story is the narrator's struggle to become the best teacher he can be. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes. Another of John's recent books is Mum's the Word: Secrets of a Family. It is the story of his alcoholic father and the family's efforts to deal with or hide the fact. Though a serious treatment of the horrors of alcoholism, the book also entertains in its descriptions of the father during his best times and the humor of the family's attempts to create a façade for the outside world. All John's books are available as paperbacks and Kindle readers on Amazon, and also as paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. John's sixth and most recent book, Growing Old in America: Notes from a Codger was released on June 15, 2014.
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