Maybe my not posting yesterday was a subconscious attempt to make everyone believe that I am frantically preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. Well, I’m not. Our responsibilities this year include three things — dressing nicely, driving to Houston and showing up on time in the dining room of my grandmother’s retirement community. We’re looking forward to it quite a bit, and so is my grandmother who called us last night to remind us that there might be traffic and that Todd needs to wear a tie.
My mother, who lives in another town will be joining us. It’s her birthday, so we’ll be having a Birthdaysgiving/Thanksbirthday kind of meal. I need to buy my mother a present, but the truth is, I spent all her present money on going blonde. *joke* She has this thing about my appearance and has never failed to show her disdain for my natural (and much darker) hair color. Luckily, I’ve learned to repress my hostility and just give in to the bottle. It looks better that way anyway….really.
Okay, without knowing my family and our appearance issues, this sounds cruel. All I can say is my mom was thrilled with my blonder hair and her homemade cookies .
Hermit Bars (adapted from Cook’s Illustrated)
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground mace (or pinch of nutmet
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (use less if using salted butter)
1 cup raisins (plumped)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar using high speed of electric mixer. Beat for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and molasses. In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts.
Line two baking sheets with parchment or silpats. Divide dough into 2 sections and form two logs of about 14×2 inches. Brush logs with beaten egg. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Slice each log at an angle about 2 inches thick. Makes about 16 bars.