Why This Blog?
Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.
I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.
These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.
I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
By Cracky Bars
In case some of you youngin's have no idea what that means, well, it's an old saying that was used to express surprise. And this recipe is about as old as that phrase.
Well, the prize was well-deserved. This is a 3-layer bar, the 2nd layer being simply graham crackers. You only make one batter, then divide it and add different things to each. It looks impressive when sliced! These bars are not rich and gooey, they have more of a cake-like texture, perfect to go with a cup of tea or coffee.
By Cracky Bars
1-3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
1 square (1 oz) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
9 double graham crackers
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (They must be mini! Regular sized ones won't work.)
Preheat oven to 375-F. Grease a 13x9x2" pan or spray with PAM spray for baking.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
In a measuring cup, measure the 1/3 cup milk and add the vanilla.
In a larger bowl, cream the Crisco and sugar. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture.
Divide the batter in 1/2. Well, sort of. Make one half a little bit larger than the other. To the slightly smaller portion, beat in the melted chocolate. Stir in walnuts. To the larger portion, stir in the mini chocolate chips.
To assemble: Spread the chocolate batter on the bottom of the pan. Arrange the graham crackers over the batter. You may have to cut some of the squares to fit exactly. Take the batter with the chocolate chips and drop by spoonfuls over the graham crackers. Spread with a spatula to cover. (An off-set spatula works great.)
Bake for 20-25 minutes or til slightly golden brown on top. Do not over-bake! Remove from oven to cool. Cut into bars or squares.