My Aunt Faye was a personal Chef in Metamora, Michigan. For those that follow this Blog, it was created in her memory as a great Chef. This was one of her Christmas Bar Recipes. What a memory it evokes when I bite into one. I've adapted the recipe to make it more current.
Aunt Faye's Christmas Date Nut Bars
Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 8" X 8" Baking Pan brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.
3/4 C Flour
1 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Chopped Dates
1/4 tsp Salt
1 C Roughly Chopped Walnuts
2 Large Eggs
Confectioner's Sugar to Dust the Bars after they're baked.
In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Mix well with a Wooden Spoon.
Mix by hand until well combined.
Spoon Batter into the Pan.
Spread evenly with an offset Spatula.
Bake 30 - 35 minutes.
A toothpick in the center should come out clean.
Remove Pan to a Rack and Cool 10 minutes.
Invert Pan onto a flat surface.
Cut into Squares.
Dust with Confectioner's Sugar. (I use a Confectioner's Sugar Shaker)
Transfer Bars to a Serving Platter.
Taste of Christmas!