Friday, February 26, 2010

Prize Dessert

The Slow Food Delta Diablo members' meeting was sparsely attended but those who braved the rain and came out to Knoll Farms had fun. The meeting itself generated some great ideas for events in 2010. Members should have all received a link to survey monkey. This survey gives you all an opportunity to express your thoughts on events for our chapter in 2010.

After the amazing pizzas, baked in the Knolls' woodfired oven, we all tried desserts prepared by members of the Head Table. Lesley made her famous brownies, Josh brought sweet toppings for dessert pizzas, Gail contributed cupcakes, Lucy a rich fruitcake with a Danish cream. The crowd favorite, however, was Gianna's grandmother's date bars. So, for all of us and especially for members who didn't come to the meeting, Gianna has agreed to share her grandmother's recipe with us all. I'm going to buy some dates at the farmers' market this weekend and make these!

Date Bars
by Nonna Pauline Banducci

Butter a 9 inch pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 cup flour to form a soft dough.

Pat the dough into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Mix 2 eggs beaten, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tbsp. flour, and 1 tsp. baking powder. Add 1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup chopped dates, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. (Walnuts can be substituted.)

Spread this mixture evenly over the crust. Bake for 25 minutes until it is set in the center and lightly brown.
Cool and cut.

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