Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Sesame Flax Cranberry Oat Bars

These bars are very nice and crunchy but also very moist and buttery.  They soften the next day but remain moist. They are, like many other of these cookies, quite addictive, and do not last long. To ration them, I have frozen some so that they are out of my sight, and maybe I'll even forget about them 😁.....probably not. They go great with coffee or tea. The dough is difficult to work with but once you have oiled your hands, patting it to fit the baking pan becomes much easier. It is a twice baked cookie like many of the others I make on this site. To get a really crunchy bar, extend the second baking time until the bars are dry and hard like Biscotti.

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Durum Atta Flour
  • 1 cup Scottish oatmeal
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • ¾ cups finely chopped nuts
  1. Line a 13”x9”x 2” pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, dissolve the brown sugar in the water, mixing until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is caramel colored. Do not allow to boil. At this stage, it will look like a thin syrup. Add the vinegar. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, ground coriander, oats, oatmeal, flax meal, sesame seeds, dried fruit, and nuts in a large bowl
  4. In a small bowl, cream the butter and white sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and orange extract and beat well. Add the dissolved brown sugar syrup and mix well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter, sugar and egg mixture. Mix until combined. You can also work the mixture with your hands like you would a dough. The dough will be quite crumbly, and difficult to work with. Let it rest so that the oats can soften a bit.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Put the dough into the prepared baking pan and flatten using your hands that have been well coated with vegetable oil, as well as a flexible spatula to flatten out the mixture.
  8. Bake the mixture for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, and carefully lift the mixture from the pan using the parchment paper to do so. Place the slab and paper on a baking sheet, and cut into bars or squares using a sharp knife or cleaver.
    Let cool for 15 minutes, then put back in oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour and 20 minutes, or until the bars have taken on a nice brown color, and are dry to touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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