Recipe: Oatmeal Fruit Bars Source: The Toronto Star Date: 1943
I have started to sift through some of the many recipes my great-grandmother clipped out of newspapers. I am finding the newspapers not only great for finding recipes, but also a glimpse into a by-gone era. This recipe came from a December 1943 edition of the newspaper. The fruit bars themselves contain mincemeat, and since it was my great-grandmother reading this paper, when it states that “our grandmothers and great-grandmothers would always make mincemeat when Christmas time came around” it is referring to my great-great grandmothers, and my great-great-great grandmothers!! That’s quite a few greats! Don’t you love being part of a tradition passed down through so many generations?
She also states that the recipe is being printed as a substitute for date squares as dates were a “casualty of war-times” and the mincemeat recipe included is meatless due to women wanting to “spend their precious meat rations on more nourishing dishes.”
And the recipe shares a page with a story on achieving the perfect made-up look in less time, and this article on baby’s bowel movements (because that’s what everyone wants to read about as they are contemplating new recipes…..)
This was a very simple and straight-forward recipe. And an excellent use of the mincemeat I still have in the freezer from last years green tomato crop.
Oatmeal Fruit Bars
- 1 1/2 cups pastry flour or 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used a little over half a cup of Demerara)
- 1/2 tsp soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup butter (I used 1/2 cup butter)
- 1 1/2 cups moist mincemeat
These were really good. The perfect balance between crumb and mincemeat. I think they would be good with a date filling too!