I am thrilled and honored to be featured this week at The Saturday Evening Pot:Make a Food-‘e’-Friend.What is so special about this site is that there are two people behind it…The Chef and The Lucky wife…and they are actually husband and wife.Their blog also portrays diversified recipes including low allergen recipes and I truly appreciate that they are willing to try foods from different cultures.I remember The Chef and the Lucky Wife passed a Lovely Blog Award to me and for that they chose my Braised Pork Filipino Humba as one of the dishes that they would like to try. When I started blogging,no one taught me,I just knew I wanted to make one about food and life in general.The Saturday Evening Pot:Make a Food-‘e’-Friend is the first food gathering I ever attended and linked up until it became my weekly routine and a favorite until now.I hope you can try visit The Chef,The Lucky Wife and The Well-Fed Kids kitchen..indulge and be a part of their quest…of the the Saturday Evening Pot.By the way, The Chef is open for question and discussions..you might wanna throw him some questions too..For this week,I am reposting one lucky star in my kitchen.You see the lucky wife asked me about a personal recommendation among my creations and I would love you all try our our Filipino Bar:Food For The Gods.I am sure you are familiar with it.We have two popular bars in the Philippines,Butterscotch and Food For The Gods.These two are both Filipino specialty and we all love them.Butterscotch is usually a favorite item for pasalubong or present and we eat this anytime of the year.On the other hand Food for the Gods is available and an old time best give away during Holiday Season (Christmas and New Year’s Day).But then I don’t wait for holiday season cause I can just bake and enjoy Food for the Gods anytime.The name itself is a mystery besides we don’t produce dates and walnuts in the Philippines.I grew up knowing its Food for the Gods,that it has dates and walnuts.I believe that it is also a Spanish specialty and the origin theoretically can be traced to the Arabic occupation of the Ibizan Peninsula from 740 to 1235 AD and the exploration of the Arab world by the Spanish and Portuguese.I read and I tried to know why its called Food For The Gods but I really cant find any history or reason why its called that way.Well,I just thought of Greek Mythology..and that Im one goddess who can make my own bar and eat it right after its baked and my power is that you will all go to your kitchen and bake your own for family and friends…lol!
Here is my recipe for Food For The Gods.Brace yourself because its a unique version and I am proud of its heavenly taste.
1 1/2 cup butter melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
4 large eggs
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp brandy(optional)
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp brandy,to soak dates and nuts(optional)
3 tbsp all purpose flour ( from 2 1/2 cup flour)
3/4 cup chocolate chips
If you like your bars to have longer shelf life then you may add brandy.During Holiday Season,I prefer to add brandy.Combine dates and walnuts,then soak them in 3 tbsp brandy.Set aside for 3 to 7 hours.Drain any excess liquid then toss with 3 tbsp of flour taken from 2 1/2 cup flour and in case you don’t want to put brandy,then you can just toss dates and walnuts with 3 tbsp flour.Sift flour,baking powder and salt.Set aside.
In a mixer bowl,mix butter and both sugar,brown and white until soft and smooth.Then add the eggs,one at a time.Continue mixing and add honey,molasses,vanilla and brandy(optional).Make sure the ingredients are well combined.
This time add slowly the flour mixture but mix them by hand..(of course with the use of your spatula).Mix them gently and make sure its well combined without any bubbles.Batter should be thick and smooth.Next add the mixed dates and walnuts and lastly add the chocolate chips.Mix gently.
Transfer the mixture in a greased square baking pan the size of 9×9.Bake at 350 or 180 for 30 to 40 minutes.Cool and cut into square bars.Now you have delicious bars, enjoy!
Here is the mixture,The result is amazing anyway…see the batter with its golden brown color and its thick smooth consistency..dates and nuts are all in.. and…it really has no chocolate chips but if its for the gods,then I might as well add Chocolate Chips..What do you think?
I cant wait, I am so excited..I forgot …the good old expression..”let it cool first”..I made the mistake of cutting and eating my bars at the same time.Oh no..my precious butter fingers..you cannot do two things at the same time…OK?
I decided to continue anyway,what done is done..I cant do anything more..but I can do anything less… take some..take some…and enjoy while its hot!
Take a look! buttery..dense..moist..nutty chewy!the presence of brandy and chocolate chips has made a new impression ..an addition of sweetness and chaos is always welcome. I would love you to enjoy and savor one classic Filipino Bar…Food for the Gods, now with Brandy and Chocolate Chips.Come,grab a seat and enjoy!Lets eat.lets giggle and lets be merry. Have a great week to all!
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