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super-daddy-bars recipe

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 13:09:51 -0400
 From: johnsont@orvb.saic.com (Tom Johnson)
 Here's a very easy, flexible, and (I think) very testy cereal bar that I
 make frequently.  My kids call them Super Daddy Bars in honor of the
 inventor :-)
 Basic Ingredients
 1 1/2 to 3 cups of Grape Nuts cereal
 1 package of dates, figs, or prunes (8 to 12 oz, depending on brand)
 Optional Additions
 2 tsp grated lemon zest
 1 tsp cinammon or 1/2 tsp nutmeg
 1/4 cup brown sugar
 1/2 cup of raisins
 Put everything but the raisins in a food processor and process for 4
 minutes.  Add the raisins and process for 1 more minute. Shape into whatever
 shape you want... I've heard that dinosaurs and Power Rangers are especially
 tasty.  It's a little sticky;  they're easier to shape if you dip your hands
 in water occasionally.  They come out of the food processor a bit warm and
 soft;  they firm up as they cool.  I wrap them individually (plastic wrap,
 aluminum foil or waxed paper) so they don't stick together and refrigerate them.
 All proportions are flexible.  The consistency is determined by the
 fruit/cereal ratio:  more fruit makes them chewier, more cereal makes them
 more crumbly.  The prunes are stickiest, so they need more cereal (closer to
 3 cups);  the dates need the least (closer to 1 1/2 cups).  Figs are
 somewhere in the middle.
 Also, adding the raisins near the end leaves little raisin chunkies that
 offer a nice textural contrast. Other dried fruits (peaches, apricots, etc.)
 would probably be good too.
 They keep well for a week or so, although they get firmer as they get older.
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