Friday, July 01, 2005

Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars(Adapted from CL)

1/2 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350

In a small heat safe bowl, combine the raisins and rum. Microwave at high for 1 minute and set aside to steep.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter. Add banana, buttermilk, vanilla and egg whites, beating well. Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in raisin mixture and walnuts.

Lightly coat an 8" square baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the batter - smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Cool the bars completely on a wire rack. When cool, sift powdered sugar over the top.

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