What People Want to Eat and Drink – Part 2

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By Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

Last week we answered the age-old question about what to serve as your main course in warm weather.  Your overwhelming choice was the sandwich, and your favorite sandwich was a sausage, namely a bratwurst.  Let’s move on to something sweet.

As we’ve said before, for more than 20 years we have surveyed football game parking lots and on our web site about what people want for a warm weather desert.

What is a bar?

  • Bars are a type of bar cookie that generally has the texture of a firm cake and usually softer than a cookie.  They are prepared in a pan and cut into squares or bars.

What is a bar?

  • Bars are a type of bar cookie that generally has the texture of a firm cake and usually softer than a cookie.  They are prepared in a pan and cut into squares or bars.

Warm Weather Favorite Desert %

Bars-42

Cookies-26

Fruit-13

Cake-10

Pie-5

Others-4

Bars are the favorite tailgate desert for the simple reason you don’t need a fork, spoon, plate or bowl to eat them.  You can just hold them in your hand and still feel like you’re eating pie or cake.  Another reason is that one doesn’t feel the guilt when consuming numerous bars from a large tray as he or she would requesting a second slice of pie or piece of cake.

Since everybody loves carrot cake, here is a bar to please.

Carrot Cake Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup Flour

1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 cup Chopped Pecans

3/4 cup Canola Oil

1 cup packed Light Brown Sugar

2 large Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 cups Carrots, cut into ½-inch piece

Frosting:

6 oz. softened Cream Cheese

1 cup Confectioners’ Sugar sifted

1 tbsp. fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp. Grated Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 tbsp. finely-chopped Pecans

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly butter a 13×9-inch baking dish.  Combine flours, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl; add the pecans and stir to blend.  Place the oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in the bowl of your food processor and process until blended.  Then gradually add the carrots through the feed tube while the motor is running, processing the mixture until the carrots are finely chopped.  Pour the carrot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.  Spread the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 35 minutes, or until the edges pull away from the sides and you can place a tooth pick into the middle and it comes out dry.  Cool on a wire rack.

To make the frosting beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Then add the lemon juice, nutmeg and vanilla.  Spread the frosting over the cooled bars and then sprinkle with chopped pecans.  Cut into bars and decorate each with an orange icing carrot with green icing leaves.  For a “school spirit” option, decorate each bar with a team “letter” symbol, like an “H” for Harvard or “P” for Packers.


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