Friday, November 4, 2011

Carrot cake bars

I collect old cookbooks. I love them. I have collected them since forever. When I lived in Charleston the library would have book sales and I would pick up old cookbooks for super cheap, which my favorite kind of old cookbook :). I also inherited some old cookbooks from my grandmother. One of those books is A World of Baking by Dolores Casella. This book is from 1968 and says "Book Club Edition" on the inside cover. I'm not sure what that means but it's pretty cool anyway.

There's some pretty nice recipes in this cookbook and I made one that is "a good after-school snack for the children", which made me smile. I changed the recipe a little. I took out the coconut and walnuts, and added a glaze on the top.

Spicy Carrot Bars
-1 1/4 cups sifted flour
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-2 large eggs
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3/4 grated raw carrots
-1/4 cup orange juice

1. Sift the flour with the cinnamon and baking powder.
2. Cream the butter with the sugar, eggs, and salt until smooth and light. Stir in the carrots.
3. Add the sifted flour mixture alternately with the orange juice. Blend well.
4. Turn into a buttered 9"x13" baking pan. Bake in a 375F oven for about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
5. While the bars are cooling mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and water to thin but spreadable consistency.
6. Spread sugar glaze over bars using a knife or spatula. Cool completely.

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