Cranberry Ginger Bars
by Luree


3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries

3/4 cups each of raisins, dried apricots and crystallised ginger

1 lb/450g/3 cups of mixed dried fruit of your choice - including lots of dried apricots works very well

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup apple juice

In a large saucepan combine all ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil over a medium heat. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have popped.

Let cool.

Base and Topping:

2 cups flour

3/4 cups brown sugar

1 and a half teaspoons of ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of margarine or vegetable shortening

1 cup of rolled oats

3/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds

Mix all ingredients together. Set aside 1 and a half cups of crumb mixture for topping. Press the remainder into a 9" by 13" baking pan.

Bake at 180C/350F for 15 minutes. Spread with cranberry mixture and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake for another 30 minutes.