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Cakes, Cookies, Caramel Corn, OH MY!

the urban baker: Cakes, Cookies, Caramel Corn, OH MY!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cakes, Cookies, Caramel Corn, OH MY!

It's the end of another school year.  Next year my kids will be a year older, I will be a year older and life goes on.
This year is no different than any other year, I over did it.  I baked and baked and baked until I couldn't stand any longer, thus, indulged in an hour and half massage.  The weeks will go on and in time I will forget about how tight my shoulders are and how swollen my feet were.  Next, year at this time, I will forget all about the aches and pains and do it all over again!

I bought these great baking pans at Bed Bath & Beyond.  This year, rather than packing in boxes, I wrapped everything up in exactly what I baked in.  The presentation, if I do say so myself, was lovely.

Cherry Almond Bars
adapted from rustic fruit desserts
yield 12 bars

fruit filling
3 cups (18 oz ) cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbls. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. fine salt
zest and juice of one lemon

crust and topping
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tsp. fine salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

• preheat oven to 350*.  butter a 9" square baking pan
 fruit filling: quarter cherries, put in saucepan with sugar, cornstarch, salt, lemon zest, + lemon juice over medium high heat.  bring to a boil, boil for 1-2 minutes until thickened
• crust + topping: combine flour, brown sugar, almonds, + salt in the bowl of a food processor + pulse. add the butter until crumbly.  add the egg and vanilla and pulse until mixture comes together.
• press two-thirds of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, then pour in the cherry filling. press the remaining crust on top.
• bake 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown and bubbling.  cool for 1 hour before cutting.
• the bars will keep at room temperature for 4 days.

2 banana nut loaves
1 cherry almond bars (shown)
48 triple chocolate triangles
8 dozen milk chocolate cookies
4 pounds cashew-almond caramel corn

6 1/2 pounds flour
4 pounds butter
1 1/4 pound brown sugar
5 pounds sugar
2 pounds good chocolate
9 cups fruit
21 eggs
2 pounds nuts

was it worth it?  heck yeah!

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