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February 8, 2010 / Sarah

National Molasses Bar Day

I’m not entirely sure what a molasses bar is but most of the searches I came up with resulted in recipes for Hermit Bars.  I wasn’t entirely sure what a hermit bar was either, but it sounded easy enough.

Hermit Bars
From Gourmet

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, the salt, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the cloves.
  2. In another bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter with the brown sugar, beat in the egg, and beat in the molasses.
  3. Add the flour mixture, beating the mixture until it is just combined, and stir in the raisins and the walnuts.
  4. Spread the mixture in a buttered and floured 13- by 9-inch baking pan and bake it in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tester comes clean.
  5. Let the bars cool completely in the pan on a rack and cut it into 24 bars.

Oops, I put mine in a 9- by 9-inch pan, so mine are more like gooey brownies.  And the flavor reminds me a lot of pumpkin pie…


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