Glazed Rum Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bars

3/4 cup raisins
1 cup rum
1/2 cup liquid from simmered raisins
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 minced cooking apple (mcintosh or gala)
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
optional : 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice

1/3 cup margarine or butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 to 4 tablespoons hot water or rum

In a small saucepan, measure 1 cup rum and 3/4 cup raisins. Bring this mixture to a slow boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, simmer for about 10 minutes. If there isn't quite 1/2 cup liquid left add water to measure 1/2 cup.  Cool.
Blend together the sugar and the shortening till fluffy.  Add the egg and the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour, spices, baking soda,  alternately with the reserved 1/2 cup liquid from the raisins. Fold in most of the raisins (leaving a few for the top to garnish after baking)  apples and nuts if using.  Grease and flour a brownie or square cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or toothpick comes out clean when testing the center.  Cool completely before adding the glaze.


Angie's Recipes said...

Can't take my eyes off this gorgeous bar! Looks so soft and light in texture and the glaze is simply terrific!

Federica said...

Apples and love :) These bar look delicious. Bye, have a great we

Maureen said...

Cinnamon, raisins, rum, apples -- what's not to love about this??

Tina said...

I am so ready for spice cake after seeing this! Yours looks so fluffy and delicious in this picture. Also, the sauce is something that is not to be skipped! Awesome creation Claudia!

Velva said...

This looks so good! Awesome. I love the flavors.


Victoria said...

What a great combination! Rum, cinnamon, apples, and raisins were kind of meant for each other, weren't they? I'd love a big bite of one of these bars :)

Reeni said...

Delectable treats! I love rum raisin!

kale @ tastes good to me! said...

The glaze looks so yummy!

Jennifer said...

Looks beyond yummy!

Greg said...

These look fantastic. Rum, raisins, cinnamon and apples how could they be bad.

Kiri W. said...

Mmmm, these sound wonderfully indulgent! :) Cinnamon and apples always work for me!

Denise said...

Yum! These look sinfully delicious!!! Can't wait to try them.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

My goodness, looks like you pulled out all the stops on this one, these raisin bars look and sound delicious.