Friends and neighbors – what would we do without them? I do not know. They add so much to my life. I am fortunate to have great friends and live in a community filled with wonderful neighbors. One of them stands above many because she is always genuinely kind and has never spoken poorly of anyone. Mitzi truly has a sweet soul. I was supposed to meet her for lunch a while back but had to cancel. She left a gift bag by my front door filled with goodies for me and my hounds, especially Tiger.
One thing in the gift bag was a magazine. It was a special edition from Victora Classics called Teatime Bliss. I read it from cover to cover and back again. There are so many great recipes in it. The one that caught my eye the most was Brandied Apricot Bars. I wanted to make it as soon as I could – and so I did.
The bars are so moist. They could be called gooey apricot bars. You might want to cut them in smaller squares or rectangles because they are quite rich. The recipe is adapted from what is printed in the magazine. I added more preserves and brandy. I altered the method to reflect how I made it and because they left out a step. (Oops, someone in the magazine’s proof reading department missed something). If you really like apricot recipes then be sure to take a look at my Apricot Nut Cake.
Reading the magazine made me want to host an afternoon tea. I am adding it to my to-do list. It would be nice to share a lovely afternoon with my friends and neighbors. Perhaps one day soon…