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Mulled Cider Shortbread Bars

This medley of apple, orange, spices and shortbread is the perfect treat after a day spent outside.

  • Yields: 32 bars
  • Preparation: 315 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

Filling

  • 6 egg yolk
  • 2 cups (500mL) instant dissolving sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup (375mL) apple cider
  • 2 tsp (10mL) orange zest, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp (10mL) icing sugar

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Combine the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse until crumbly. Firmly press the dough into a 9 x 13-inch (3 L) baking pan lined with foil.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until pale golden around the edges.

Filling

  1. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and flour until a very thick paste forms. Whisk in the apple cider, orange zest, cinnamon, baking powder and nutmeg until smooth.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). Pour the egg mixture over the hot crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until just set. Cool to room temperature. Chill for at least 4 hours or until firm. Dust the top with the icing sugar and slice into bars.
  • Make-ahead: Transfer the bars to an airtight container and store, in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Ingredient Source: If apple cider isn’t available at the supermarket, use any cold pressed apple juice available. Or, try purchasing a cup of fresh cider from a local coffee house.
Photo of - Mulled Cider Shortbread Bars

Ingredients

Crust

Filling

  • 6 egg yolk
  • 2 cups (500mL) instant dissolving sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup (375mL) apple cider
  • 2 tsp (10mL) orange zest, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp (10mL) icing sugar