Green Tomato Bars

I knew I’d be coming into some green tomatoes, so I started looking for an appropriate recipe or two. This one showed up in multiple locations. The outcome is delicious, in no small part to the brown sugar, butter, and lemon. It’s sort of like a mazurka, though not exactly.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups finely chopped green tomatoes
2 cups brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts

PREPARATION:

Chop tomatoes and drain for ten minutes. In a saucepan combine tomatoes, 1 cup brown sugar, and lemon juice. Simmer until thickened, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat. Add lemon extract. Mix crust and press 2 1/2 cups into a greased 9×13 pan. Spread tomato mixture over crust. Sprinkle remainder of crumbs over tomato mixture. Bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes. If you want to make an 8 by 8 pan of this, half the crust and use 2 1/2 to 3 cups tomatoes.

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