Dream Bars

Dream Bars

  Time and time again, my Australian husband informs me that Canadians and Americans just don’t appreciate a good slice. He may be right…

Dream Bars
He may also be wrong! I like to point out the nanaimo bar. Is this not a slice? What defines a slice? There have to be layers but are there other qualities? I have to admit that I am new to the slice thing but I do have a winner here in the dream bar.
One of the most valuable and well loved things in my house are the cookbooks especially those that have been passed down. Few hold a more prestigious place than the Woman’s Weekly Cake and Cookie books. They are packed with forgotten cookie recipes and decorated cakes from a time from before cake decorating was cool (there was such a time). When faced with a sweet tooth craving, out comes the book and on goes the oven.

Dream Bars
When a sudden slice craving hits, it usually sends me straight into the fridge to see what I have on hand. Is there enough butter? Are there eggs? (that sort of thing). On a recent scanvenger hunt in th fridge, I came accross a little jar filled with what was left of last season’s mince meat (the fruit filling and not the meat). I usually make my mince in the fall when I get the Christmas pudding on so that it has time to develope for a couple of months before getting baked into th little pies and turnovers. Low and behold, there was some just waiting to be used up. After a quick thumb through the old Women’s Weekly, I had my answer. A dream bar!
This is actually a very simple recipe provided that you have the mince on hand as well as some basic baking staples. The only thing that I did have to run out to get was some more coconut as the only stuff that I had in my cupboard had been dyed green fora pretty epic bunny cake.

Dream Bars
This slice is a classic and for good reason. If you are having a sweet craving, this will definately satisfy it and it is deep and rich which is perfect with a cup of tea to wash it down.

Grandmas of the world rejoice! The dream bar is poised for a comeback!

The Dream Bar
A vintage treat just begging to make a comeback.
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The base
  1. 100 grams of butter
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup flour
For the rest
  1. 1 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. splash of vanilla
  4. 1 tbsp flour
  5. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  7. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 tsp lemon zest
  9. 1 cup mincemeat (the fruit filling type and certainly not actual mince meat)
For the base
  1. Beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in the flour and mix well.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish (about 11 inch by 8 inch) that has been greased and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
The rest
  1. Beat the eggs and the sugar until fluffy and then gradually add in the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients to combine well.
  3. Spread the mixture onto the pre-baked base and bake for another 25 minutes in the 350 degree oven.
  4. Remove from the oven and let it cool before cutting.
  5. Dust with icing sugar to really make it pop!
Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly
Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly
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