The title of this blog post summarizes why I’ve been silent for the past four weeks. I’ve been on the road, in the kitchen and soon, I’ll be on another plane. But I’ve no complaints. My adventures have been great fodder for my next few entries.
This week, I’ll be sharing a bit about my travels, and today, I’ll start with The Oscars!
Not too long ago, I was asked to bake 300 sumptuous, low-fat goodies for one of the hottest pre-Oscar parties in Los Angeles. Held at Café La Boheme on February 13th, The Valentine’s Day Pre-Oscar Party and Suite was an over-the-top fete where guests including Melanie Griffith, William Shatner, Eric Roberts, Sofia Milos, Nia Long, Rumer Willis and Emmy Winner Glynn Turman enjoyed fabulous food, good music and an introduction to what will be hot on the red carpet including his and her designer fashions, the finest in skin care and fragrance, lingerie, elegant jewelry and some truly extraordinary footwear.
The recipe that made the cut? My decadent Maple Date Bars. Give them a try, and enjoy every Oscar-worthy bite!
Tina’s Maple Date Bars
Makes 24 2×2 squares
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup one-minute oats
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 2/3 cups chopped, pitted dates
¾ cup low-fat sour cream
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping Tablespoon orange rind, coarsely grated
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons high-quality maple syrup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- To make the oat mixture, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Add melted butter and mix until all ingredients are moist.
- Set aside ½ cup oat mixture and press the balance into an 11 x 7-inch glass baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
- To make filling, mix all ingredients until well-combined. Spread the date mixture evenly over the oats, then sprinkle the reserved oat mixture on top of the filling.
- Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until the bar cookies are a golden brown. Cool completely before removing from pan.