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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Best Wishes and A Recipe ..... For You !

Happy "National Molasses Bar Day !" 

Molasses Bars remind me of Frosted Hermits. Ahhhhh, Hermits, that New England treat that reminds me of my childhood. They were never served at home, mom must have not liked them, but school lunch trays added them to the mix every now-and-then.  Even when I was on my "Big Diet," a time when I lost 60 pounds and was no longer called "Fat Paul :( " I would partake in a Hermits. And when feeling really bad I would stop at a friend's house when I was told that "Mom made Molasses Bars !" Iced or not a good Treacle ( English Molasses ) laced treat Can put a smile on your face anytime.  Not into icing, just sprinkle them with Confectioner's sugar or for decadence slather them with Maple Butter when the are still warm and get ready for a sugar high!  Enjoy!

Molasses Bars

1 1/2    cup    sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2    tsp     baking powder
1/2       tsp     salt
1/4       tsp     baking soda
1          tsp     ground cinnamon
1/4       tsp     nutmeg
1/4       tsp     ground cloves
1/2       cup    shortening
1/2       cup    granulated sugar
1          ea      egg, beaten
1/2       cup    molasses
1/3       cup    water

2           Tbl     butter, softened
1           cup    sifted powdered sugar
1           Tbl     molasses
2 to 3    tsp    water

Grease and flour a 13x2 inch baking pan. Heat your impecibly { !! ?  !! :) } oven to 350°F.
Sift the flour with your baking powder, salt, soda and spices, then the mixture set aside.
Cream the shortening with the sugar until light; then beat in the egg, the 1/2 cup of molasses and the 1/3 cup water. With mixer on low speed mix beat in the sifted flour mixture just until combined. Spread this wonderful batter into your prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack while you quickly make the Icing as you want to frost these delights while they are still warm.

To make the icing combine your softened butter, powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon molasses. Beat in 2 to 3 tablespoons water depending on how thick you want the topping. Spread your icing over the warm bars. Cut them into squares before the icing sets, the allow them to cool completely before you remove them from the pan. Yum !
Makes about 30 or so depending on how large you cut them. I cut them small as they are rich.

Hint :  After greasing your pan you can then line it with parchment, allowing a bit to over hang the pas to be used as handles. This way after they have completely cooled you can  lift them out of the pan, separate them and serve to rounds of applause !

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