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Blueberry-Apricot Hermits

I bought some blueberry juice, and was a little disappointed by the flavor when drinking it straight.  So I remembered a nice cobbler I made once with apricots and blueberries, and came up with these soft, spicy, not-too-sweet bars.  The texture needs a little work still--they're rather doughy, but still quite tasty.

1 pint blueberry juice (or other fruit juice of your choice)

1 cup tart dried apricots
1/2 cup dried blueberries

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses

2 eggs

400g soft white wheat milled with
    3 long peppers
    1 teaspoon mace pieces, crushed lightly
    6 pods cardamom
    1 inch cinnamon stick
3 1/4 cup unbleached or soft whole wheat pastry flour
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon ground mace
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup toasted almonds, chopped

In a nonstick saucepan over medium heat, reduce the blueberry juice by about 1/2 of its volume.   Simmer the chopped apricot and the blueberries in the remaining juice over low heat for 20 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter, honey, and molasses together.  Beat in the eggs until smooth. 

Whisk the soda, salt, flour and spices together and stir into the batter with the nuts, dried fruit, and remaining blueberry juice.  

Pour the batter into 2 greased 8 or 9 inch square pans and spread evenly.  Bake for about 20 minutes, until set and just browning at the edges.

Bake 12 minutes until golden at the edges.

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