For I Have to Say's recipe box swap this month, I made Apricot Chocolate Bars (with & without pecans). I was feeling adventurous because although I've had the recipe for 10? years, I haven't made them that often because as I remember, it took an awfully long time to complete.
recipe box, I figured hey, why not give it another shot? I guess 10 years makes for a foggy mind because it was not long or difficult to do at all. The only thing is the OOPS factor! This time I decided to omit the finely chopped pecans because I thought ~ that's okay, why do I need them?~ Well if you like a spongier type of meringue then omit the pecans. If you like a nice flaky-style top, add the pecans. Both are good. BUT WARNING: this is very sweet that you only need a tiny bit - cut them into small squares.
Apricot & Chocolate Bars (with & without pecans)
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs (separated) - you can throw out 2 yolks (or use them for something else)
9 oz. apricot jam
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups finely chopped pecans (I omitted this and the 'oops' recipe is shown)
A. Cream butter & 1/2 cup sugar. Add 2 yolks, beat well. Then mix in flour.
D. Take out hot crust from oven. Spread with jam, sprinkle with chocolate...
immediately into bars. Let cool before removing from pan and ...
Variation: substitute raspberry jam for apricot
Remember: if you want soft meringue top - omit pecans; if you want flaky top - add pecans.