Sunday, 4 December 2011

FOOD FOR THE GODS (DATE AND WALNUT BARS)


These moreish bars are called food for the gods but us mortals can have it as a treat. These bars are very popular in Philippine bakeshops but, judging from the ingredients, they are surely of foreign origin. They are so delicious but can only be had as a treat because both dates and walnuts are not grown in the Philippines and therefore not cheap. They are in fact sold as little bars wrapped in cellophane_taster or teaser portions.




If you don't want to make fruit cake, these bars are a worthy substitute. These treats are actually very easy to make. They are ideal for Christmas gift giving, wrapped individually in cellophane or baking paper or put them in a nice gift box. 

I have brushed some with edible gold dust for an opulent Christmas look. Wrap a band of unbleached baking paper tied with jute string if you are going for a rustic look. Anyway it's packaged, I'm sure it will be warmly received.



This recipe was adapted from The Best of The Maya Kitchen cookbook.


Ingredients:


1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3 medium sized eggs
3 tbsps. brandy
1 1/4 c. sifted flour
1 c. pitted and coarsely chopped dates
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts


Method:


Pre-heat the oven to 350° F/180° C. Line a 13"x9"x2" rectangular baking pan. 


Cream the butter until light and fluffy. 

Add the sugars and blend well. 

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the  brandy. Set aside.

Put the flour in another mixing bowl. Add in the chopped dates and mix very well. Separate the pieces and make sure that they are all coated with flour. This will keep them suspended in the batter when baking. 

Add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt and walnuts and mix very well. 

Add this mixture into the creamed mixture and fold until blended. 


Bake for 10 minutes. 

Lower the temperature to 300° F/150° C and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes. 


Run a knife around the edges. Cool slightly before cutting into bars. Leave to cool completely before wrapping or storing.


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10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics, I just love the look of these treats

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  2. These treats I would have anytime over fruitcake. Dates and walnuts -- great combination. Looks great, Adora. :)

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  3. Hi Adora! Hope you're doing well lately. I'm so sorry for not visiting and missed out some of your posts, but I'll catch up soon! ;)
    These bars sure look very tasty and I love the way you packed them, always as beautifully presented. My gals don't like fruitcakes, maybe I could bake these for them instead. Are there any other nuts/fruits I could replace with?
    Enjoy your weekend! ;D

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  4. Hi Lyn! The fruits and nuts can be replaced with anything you like such as dried pineapple, mango, sultanas, cashew or pecans.

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  5. the recipe is great gift this coming holiday...I hope I could make this too...=)

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  6. Beautiful presentation, Adora!
    Food for the Gods is my favorite! I never fail to bake these goodies everytime I host a party. It's always a hit!

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  7. Hola! I am writing you from southern Spain, where I live in a port city that has daily routes to Morocco-because of our proximity to northern Africa, we have LOTS of dates and walnuts! I think this would be a perfect regional gift to bring to my brother in Germany for Xmas; however, I'm not sure when I should make them. How long (if individually wrapped and stored in a tin) would these bars last? I'd hate to give stale bars!

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  8. Hi "northwestandthensome"! These last for about a week so it would be a really great gift idea.

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  9. Food for the Gods indeed.......

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  10. Superb pictures! I'd like to make them some day. They look yummy!

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