So, yesterday while we were out having lunch after the race, my wife asked me to lookup a recipe. I had talked about making lemon bars, and she said if I could make Food For The Gods, then she would not want any lemon bars. See, she does not have a real sweat tooth, so I started to look it up.
I asked her about the dessert, and she said it is made in the Philippines especially at the holidays. See, in the Philippines the Christmas season starts in September. They do not have Thanksgiving, so for the last 4 months of the year, everyone prepares for Christmas.
Basically, it is a desert bar, similar in consistency to a brownie, but full of total different ingredients. The base is a sort of molasses with dates and walnuts. We reviewed a few recipes online, and decided to go with the following one:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in the upper middle position. Line a 9″ x 13″ rectangular pan with parchment paperand set aside.
- Sift all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Put half this mixture in another bowl and dredge the chopped dates in there.
- Combine melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix until batter is uniform. Add honey and mix.
- Fold flour into the batter using a rubber spatula. Lastly, fold the dredged dates and walnuts.
- Pour the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Pour the mixture to the prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes when using a 9”x13” pan, and 15 minutes when cooked in a jelly roll pan. It should be done when you poke a toothpick through the middle and it comes out clean. The center would still be wet.
- Cool completely before slicing into bars.