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Sweet Green Tomato Bars

  • 4 c Green Tomatoes – finely chopped
  • 2 c Brown Sugar – packed, divided
  • 2 T Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon Extract
  • ¾ c Butter – softened
  • 1 ½ c Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 c Oats – rolled
  • ½ c Walnuts – chopped

Drain tomatoes on paper towels for 10 minutes. In saucepan, combine tomatoes, 1 cup brown sugar and the lemon juice. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon extract. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and remaining sugar. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Stir in the oats and nuts. Press 2 ½ cups on the bottom of a greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Spread the tomato mixture over the crust. Crumble the remaining oat mixture on the top. Bake at 375ºF for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool, cut into squares and serve.

Serves 24

Debra Martin, Conestoga – Finalist

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