Saffron & Apricot Goldies
Makes about 30 bars (1 1/4” x 3”).
Like blondies, but infused with saffron for golden, aromatic goodness! Great as an energy snack, a pretty treat for afternoon tea, or warmed up for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
1 large pinch saffron threads, ground to a powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup apricots, chopped (unsulphured are best)
1 cup pistachios, chopped or buzzed coarsely in a small food processor
Grease a 9" x 13" pan and pre-heat oven to 350. Grind the saffron threads with a pinch of sugar and add to a tiny bowl with the vanilla to infuse. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until well combined. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and cool to luke warm or room temp, then add the rest of the ingredients except the nuts and apricots. Fold in the chopped apricots, then spread in the greased pan, and top with the chopped pistachios, distributing evenly. Bake for 35 minutes or until sides are golden and crispy.
Cool to room temp before slicing into small bars or squares.