I am proudly left handed. I also enjoyed this podcast on my commute this evening. Thanks designsponge twitter feed. I can’t wait to see those ladies when they blow through Chicago. I’m also almost finished with Jane Eyre, but the book takes a serious turn to the SNOOZE when you’re about 85% done with it. Must. remain. on. task. I had corn ice cream today, it was good. I want to make it.

I’ve also been wanting to make breakfast bars for awhile. At the after school program where I am an instructor, we are gearing up for Family Night, which is the culmination of the semester. Since we’re making so many appetizers, we’ve been practicing a lot of small bites and using Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Hoeuvres Handbook. I am not a professional, but I have some training, and this book is worth three times its weight in gold. It is funny to note that the book uses a blend of professional/home cooking terms, but maybe only to me. ANYWAY, in the book there is a recipe for fruit nut clusters. I got done a little early tonight, so I came home and made these, inspired by Martha. Now, if only I could figure out an easy way to organize my laundry and press my underwear.

Regardless, here’s the recipe, TAKE ONE, I will try more soon.

Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bars (inspired by Martha Stewart)
1 cup pecans
1 cup almonds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup Black Strap Molasses
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (try some, you’ll like it, you should buy it)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt ( I use Kosher)
Cinnamon, to taste
Nutmeg, to taste
2 tablespoons Coconut fat (like Mycryo) or you can use butter.
1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Chop fruit. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Place nuts and sesame seeds on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Bake for 5 minutes, or until aromatic. Don’t burn them, ok? Put them in a large bowl when you take them out of the oven.
3. Combine molasses, honey, vanilla bean paste, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut fat, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Pour mixture over nuts and fruit.
4. Add chocolate chips. to mixture.
5. Pour mixture onto a sheetpan lined with a silpat or parchment. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool and portion into breakfast bar portions.
It doesn’t look very good at the moment. I will let you know later. Right now they are resting in the fridge.

I’m having the urge to write really cheesy things like Fruit’n’Nut bars. I think it’s normal. Next round. Ok, I have to go to bed so I can maybe wake up and do yoga. I’m not kidding.

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