I am so excited to blog about this dessert! Not only because I haven't posted a dessert for awhile, but also because it is such a delicious throwback to my childhood. My grandma used to make these bars all the time. And then my own mom made them a lot when I was young. Last week I gave a lesson in church about our heritage and wanted to share a recipe that was part of my family. And so I made these to share. They are so phenomenal! Now don't be scared away by the idea of boiling raisins. All it does it make the raisins soft--like melt-in-your-mouth soft. There is also a very slight cinnamon hint that pairs perfectly with the combo of the moist raisins and chocolate chips in this bar. And the maple glaze is very subtle and creates such a fantastic topping to this soft, comfort food! And they're the perfect dessert in that they're sweet and addicting--but not too rich. I could probably eat a whole pan of them myself if they were calorie-free. But you have my premission to pretend they are!
Maple Bars from Barbs
Boil for 10 minutes:
1 1/2 C raisins
2 C water
Cool mixture and then add 1 1/2 tsp soda
In a separate bowl; Cream together:
1 C butter
1 1/2 C sugar
Then add 2 eggs and mix well
In a separate bowl from above mixture, sift:
3 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
Then add dry mixture to creamed mixture. Add raisins. Add 1 c chocolate chips.
Spread into two greased 9x13 pans. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or when center comes out clean with a toothpick. Watch them closely at the end as they can overbake quickly.
1/4 C butter
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
Bring mixture to a boil. Remove and cool. Add enough powdered sugar to make a glaze (I did about 1/3 to 1/2 cup). Spread on bars while still quite warm. Cut when cool.