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April 5th is National Raisin & Spice Bar Day
you're looking for something to do today then why don't you head to the
kitchen because it's National Raisin & Spice Bar Day!
you can't wait to smell the aroma of these bars baking! Let's
right into celebrating National Raisin & Spice Bar Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, if you smelled these bars being baked as you walked
your home you might just want to celebrate the scent alone! But these
bars not only smell good, they taste good too! And even though I'm at
risk of sounding like a broken record... when food tastes good and
enough people eat it then they're going to find a way to set up a
holiday to celebrate it! I mean, it does give them an excuse to eat it
again after all. Raisins have been around for a long time
all they are is a dried grape. The name was borrowed from the French
because raisin literally means grape in French. So what do they call a
dried grape? Well that's a raisin sec or... dry grape.
in a bunch of different varies, have a bit of protein and fiber in them
and they're very sweet. The fact that they contain so much sugar is the
little added bonus to adding these to your spice bars. When
bite into your spice bar you're going to taste the flavors of spices
like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and so on but you'll also get a burst of
sweetness every time you bite into a raisin. So you have a complex
blend of spices that tickle your tongue and your nostrils but then you
get that that jolt of sugar from the warmed raisins. Trust me, it's a
nice one-two punch! Are you ready to bake some aromatic bars?
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you might luck out and
be able to find a local bakery that makes raisin and spice bars daily.
I'm sure you'd already know if they do if you walk by the bakery often
enough, because of the scent these bars give off. So if you can find
some at a bakery then you've got one of the easiest ways to celebrate.
But if you can't then why not make some of these bars
It doesn't take long at all; in less than an hour from start to finish
you should have one of these bars in your mouth. And hey, if you cook
them at home then your house gets to smell nice for a day.
don't be afraid to experiment a little. You can use regular raisins,
golden raisins and I think they even have green raisins as well as a
few other varieties. You can also use a variety of different spices in
your bars. Just go through your spice rack and smell each one to be
sure that it'll compliment the rest of the spices. I'm not sure that
something like garlic powder would be good in these bars but hey, I
could be wrong! You can also add in a variety of different chopped nuts
to the mix to give the bars some added crunch and flavor. And
you want to experiment with the texture of the bars then please do!
When I first made them the name (bars) kept making think they were
going to be a chewy granola bar texture. But in reality they were
fluffy, almost muffin-like, bars. So if you want to you can combine the
spices and raisins to a chewy (or even crunchy) granola bar recipe and
create your own unique kind of raisin and spice bars! I hope
enjoy your day and the aroma!