I spend so much time at the grocery store I tell people it’s my office. It’s a joke, but only funny until the monthly credit card statement arrives and I see just how many times I’ve popped into the H.E.B. Rather than wait for family to stage a grocery shopping intervention, I put myself on a budget and am getting to know www.couponmom.com, a site some Facebook friends recommended. It helps a little, but I have to chart things and wait to get the cumulative savings because saving pennies here and there doesn’t seem like much. I know it will add up, though.
So all that being said, I’ve had to put the brakes on some baking and make more things with items on hand. This is one of one of those recipes. It’s a variation on an old fashioned raisin spice bar, but with cranberries and golden raisins instead of regular raisins. The bars were on the cakey side, but sweet and moist and dare I say, soul satisfying? If you like spice cake, this is a fast substitute.
By the way, I found a gluten free spice bar recipe as well!
Golden Raisins & Cranberry Spice Bars
1 cup mixed golden raisins and cranberries
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
1 scant cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup walnut or pecans, toasted and chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Grease a 13×9 inch metal pan or line with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.
Combine the dried fruit and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over
medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl and add the oil, sugar and egg. Mix well with an
In a separate bowl, sift or mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and spices.
Add to dried fruit mixture and mix well. Stir in the nuts. Spread into pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Cut into 24 bars