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These bars are chockfull of fresh cranberries and chopped dates—so good that I buy extra bags of cranberries during the holidays so I have some in my freezer to make them. And because the crust contains wholegrain oats and cornmeal, these bars are as good for breakfast as they are for a dessert. They freeze well, too.
1 12-oz. bag fresh cranberries (thaw, if frozen)
1 8-oz. box chopped dates
2 T. water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
¼ cup cornmeal
2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 T. orange or pomegranate juice
1 tsp. vanilla
In a medium saucepan, simmer the cranberries, dates, and water until the cranberries pop. When thickened, remove from heat and add the vanilla.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350º. Stir all the crust ingredients together until well moistened. Press half the mixture into a sprayed 9 x 13” pan and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and spread the filling over the crust, then dot the filling with clumps of the remaining crust. Bake another 25-30 minutes, until bars feel almost firm in the center. Cool on a rack. Mix glaze and drizzle over the top.
Kitchen Hint: You can replace half of the flour with whole wheat or white whole wheat flour.
Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . .
When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .
Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .
Charlotte Hubbard is the award-winning author of The Christmas Cradle, which released September 29 and concludes her Seasons of the Heart Amish series. She had two series debut in 2016—Promise Lodge in March and Simple Gifts (a spin-off of the Seasons series) in June. She has also written a four-book series, Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family, as Naomi King.
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