Saturday, 17 September 2011

Foodie day: Food for the Gods

Well, this is really awkward. I know I said that I will fill this blog with many posts and it took me a month to make this second post. My apologies, shame on me.

Anyway, this post is about food! As you can see, I labelled it as Foodie Day, and I will make more food post under the same label on the future. All throughout my life, I always have loved food. But on the contrary, I'm not that experienced in eating. Well if you ask me, I would say I love eating food than making them ;p Still, I got interested on baking and thus, I'm learning how to. I'm actually planning to take Baking and Pastry Arts, but I'm still newbie though. So enough of these! Let's get to the food post.

A slice of Food for the Gods ; Again, my apologies for the lame photo, I'm still new with this :)

So today, I (and also my mom) made Food for the Gods. I first tasted it when one of my Filipino friend brought a piece and I totally fell in love with it. It just has this sweet, chewy, heavenly taste that I definitely cannot resist even though I was eating it like a ninja so that my teacher won't catch me :p 

Without further ado, here's the recipe:

Food for the Gods
Recipe by Junjun de Guzman and Andoree Uy from Manila bulletin

A snapshot of the ingredients and materials used.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in the upper middle position.  Line a 9″ x 13″ rectangular pan with parchment paperand set aside.
  2. Sift all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Put half this mixture in another bowl and dredge the chopped dates in there.
  3. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix until batter is uniform. Add honey and mix.
  4. Fold flour into the batter using a rubber spatula. Lastly, fold the dredged dates and walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Pour the mixture to the prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes when using a 9”x13” pan, and 15 minutes when cooked in a jelly roll pan. It should be done when you poke a toothpick through the middle and it comes out clean. The center would still be wet.
  6. Cool completely before slicing into bars.
And done! The experiment ended successfully and the sweet was a pure bliss! My whole family totally loved it and I did so too! I have few more bars left... so gotta finish them now, haha. So happy weekend :) Ta ta~

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