Spicy Nut and Raisin Bars

Spicy Nut and Raisin Bars

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This is a very old recipe for spicy nut and raisin bars. You can substitute your favourite nuts for the walnuts in this recipe - try almonds.


Serves: 24 

  • 1 3/4 cups (220g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup (250ml) apple juice
  • 125g copha
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar

Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:37min 

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking pan.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl sift together flour, salt, bicarb soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
  3. Combine raisins and water (or juice) in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in copha.
  4. When the mixture has cooled to lukewarm beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in sugar; stir to blend. Beat flour mixture into the copha mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes. When they have cooled cut them into bars; sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.

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