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Leckerli Bars (Spiced Swiss Bars)

Servings: 16-20
This is an old recipe for spicy bars originally from Basel, Switzerland. It is a great winter treat accompanied with a cup of coffee or fruit flavored tea.

1 1/2 cups whole grain flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
200g honey (heated just a little)
60g butter (cut into slices)
75g brown sugar
50g slivered almonds
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Sift flours and baking powder into large bowl. Add sugar and spices and stir well. Add slivered almonds, orange zest, lemon zest and honey (previously a bit heated). Add butter (which has been cut in slices). Make smooth dough and leave it in a cool place for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 180 degrees C (350 F).

Leave cooled dough for 30 minutes at room temperature. Redo dough and roll it on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.

Place dough into greased rectangle baking pan. Bake in preheated oven on 180 degrees C (350 F) for 15-20 minutes.

Cut cake into bars while still warm.

Makes 16-20 bars.

Submitted By: Selma Cengic
Date: October 17, 2005