Ann Sillitto of Winchester, Va., was looking for a recipe for Molasses Fruit Bars with raisins. She says that they are a favorite of her 91-year-old mother and she wanted to make them as a treat for her. I found an easy recipe for the bars on a recipe-sharing Web site called Recipelink.com. It was adapted from the Brer Rabbit Book of Molasses, first printed in 1956. The recipe does not specify a pan size. I tested it using an 8-by-8 inch baking pan. It was ready in 25 minutes. Naturally, the cooking time will vary according to pan size. These bars reminded me of what some would call a hermit cookie - moist, dark and not too sweet.
* Cheryl Knauer of Baltimore is looking for an authentic Italian lasagna made with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, mini meatballs and hard-boiled eggs.
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molasses magic fruit bars
(makes 8 bars)
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup Brer Rabbit Molasses
3/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chopped seedless raisins
Melt shortening; cool. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add molasses and eggs. Beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
Add flour mixture to molasses mixture. Stir in nuts and raisins.
Pour into a greased 8-inch-square baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut into bars.
Adapted from Recipelink.com
Per bar: : 388 calories, 7 grams protein, 23 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 42 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 53 milligrams cholesterol, 252 milligrams sodium