It’s Official…

…my food blog is running my life. Here I am sicker than sick laying in bed and I’ll I can obsess about is that I am not going to meet my goal of 3 new things a week on my blog. If you are old like me you might remember the “Time to Make the Dough Nuts” commerical that Dunkin Dounuts had many years back. That is what I felt like. Getting out of bed with my head in the clouds trying to read the recipe “Must Make Something For Blog.” A little harder than I thought since I have not been grocery shopping in a few. I had apples though and I have not done much apples except for my caramel apple cake. I ran across a recipe on Canadian Living for apple and almond bars. I didn’t have a 9 X 13 inch pan since I had made brownies for my hubby and the pan was still occupied with those, so I had to make them in a 9 inch round. There was nothing bar like about these…they are definitely more cake than bar…..but tasty none the less. It also calls for almonds, since it is called apple and almond bars, but I chose to use walnuts(the rebel that I am). Since being sick my diet has gone down the drain. I happily ate my subject today.


Apple and Almond Bars(but mine were walnut)

2/3 cup  Raisins  
2/3 cup  Water 
1/3 cup  Butter 
1 cup  Firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1 tsp  Vanilla 
1 Egg 
1-1/2 cups  All-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp Each baking powder and soda 
1/2 tsp  Cinnamon 
1/4 tsp  Nutmeg 
1/4 tsp  Salt 
1-1/4 cups  Peeled, cored finely chopped apples 
1/2 cup  Chopped unblanched almonds 
1/4 cup  Firmly packed dark brown sugar 
3 tbsp  Butter 
2 tbsp  Milk 
1/2 tsp  Vanilla 
1-1/2 cups  Icing sugar 
Grease a 13- x 9-inch  cake pan and dust with flour.

BARS: In small saucepan, combine raisins and water and bring to boil, uncovered. Remove from heat and, stirring periodically, let cool while preparing batter.

Cream butter with brown sugar until well blended; beat in vanilla and egg.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, spices and salt. Mix into creamed batter alternately with raisins and water, making 3 additions of dry and 2 of liquid. Stir in apples and nuts (batter will be thick). Spread evenly into pan.

Bake in 350°F  oven for 25 minutes or until firm to touch.

BROWN SUGAR ICING: In small heavy saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and milk to boil; remove from heat and beat in vanilla and icing sugar, adding about 1/2 cup at a time. Let cool slightly and spread over cooled cake.

Alternatively, sieve 1/4 cup  icing sugar over cake.

Store in airtight container. 

Source: Canadian

I can go back to bed now, knowing that I met my posting quota for the week :)





  1. I want to eat this – I wouldn’t mind being sick so I could have some.

  2. OMG, those look so incredibly eatable, stuff my tummy full. You really do Rock.
    Obsessing & the guilt train hand in hand when you should be sipping chicken noodle soup. I can take care of the Apple Almond Bar or Triangles for you.
    I really don’t understand how we can become so obsessed with this blog thing, I just know life seems to intrude way too often. Is it at all related to wanting another cookbook when the shelves are full as is the night stand?
    Please do feel better soon and take care.

  3. Oh how funny!! I have been really sick all week and have a sinus infection…but still felt obsessed with continuing my blog posting with the same regularity – I mean after all, we musn’t disapoint readers, right? :)

    Well, Baking Goddess, for being sick, that looks delicious! Feel better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. These apple and walnut bars looks for sure tasty! Hope you’ll feel better soon! But with these energetic bars, it shouldn’t be too long!

  5. WOW, these look amazing! I hope you’re better soon!! :)

  6. Looks good! I hope you didnt miss the Flames to bake!

  7. Feel better!

  8. Although this looks like a winner – regardless of the nuts used – I want you to stay in bed and relax and sip tea laced with amaretto and honey and drink plenty of water and get under the covers and stay there, missie! At least until you feel better. We’ll always be here – we’re like bad pennies (but in a good way!!) so just concentrate on feeling better, ‘kay? :D

  9. Joanne- No, I caught both the Flames and the Sabres game…so all it is good in the world :)

  10. Good lord, girl – get some rest. The blogosphere will wait for you, trust me! This looks fabulous, BTW.

  11. Bravo for your tenacity! I appreciate you updating so much because my favorite part of reading your blog are the nice close-up photos ;) They are so tempting! I wish I could make myself devote some more time into making such yummy Peabody concoctions as you do.

  12. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery!


    I love what you made!

  13. Hope you start to feel better soon! The bars(cake)look like they would make me get well quick!

  14. this looks soo good!
    hope you feel better soon…(another piece of this might help!) =)

  15. I think a bar this good could nurse anyone back to health!

  16. Calories consumed when you are sick don’t count. :)Hope you’re getting better.

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