Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

              If you've been following me for awhile now, you know I love different recipes, remember the bacon jam below? And for the record, I did make a batch for Christmas gifts for the men, it smelled very good! I love using teas in recipes in place of water, coffee is my secret ingredient in cakes too! Since it's still the holiday season and ginger is so good for you, I found and am sharing a tasty recipe for Chai Gingerbread bars that paired with a cup of joe, would really be a nice way to start the New Year!

Chai Gingerbread Bars

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Chai Tea Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups White Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger

In a bowl, put flour, all the spices, chai tea and baking soda. Mix together.
In your mixer, beat the butter with the sugars until soft. One at a time, add the eggs. Beat until they are combined. Mix in the vanilla and grated ginger. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture. Blend until the flour is blended in.
Scoop the batter into the pan. Spread it around evenly over the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan. With a greased spatula (sprayed with a bit of cooking spray, because the batter is pretty sticky!), smooth out the batter. Sprinkle the top with white sugar (totally optional). I have a feeling that you might be looking in the bottom of that pan and start thinking that it just doesn’t look like enough batter. It is. Trust me.
Bake for about 25 minutes IN  350 oven.. When you poke it with a toothpick, it should come out clean with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting. And, if you can wait, put it in the fridge and let the bars get cold. They are even better cold!
And of course, ENJOY!
         I'm trusting you all had a lovely Christmas and full of blessings, that was my wish for you, even though I didn't get a chance to pop on wish you properly, I had my hands full, of Miss Ellie! It was love at first site as we got to meet our newest grand daughter! She's almost 3 months old now and finally in newborn clothes and almost tipping the scales at 8 pounds! She's a doll!  I sure do miss her!  
     But, I'm busy packing up Christmas but will keep the spirit all year long! My mind wants to wonder towards spring time plans and playing in the dirt! But with months to go before I can even think about gardening, I'm cleaning and organizing the house! What is it about the new year that makes us want to get organized? I also have a painting project in mind......when I rest, I rust! lol


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