st. nicholas bars recipe
update on the St. Nicholas Bars that my mom makes every December 5th… this year she amended the recipe to make it vegan and low glycemic. she emailed the recipe to me so here it is! this is seriously an old family recipe and i’m so happy to share it with you guys and you HAVE to make them, you won’t regret it! they last for about 5 days too!…i kind of like them a little stale and chewy, yum! below my mom even describes how to package them and what to do to get St. Nicholas to come…loooove!
ST. NICHOLAS BARS
Preheat oven 350 – Toast 3oz slivered almonds (5 to 10 min – shake pan a few times so as not to burn). Set aside
Oil and flour dust a 11X17″ jelly-roll pan
Mix dry ingredients:
4 Cups WW Pastry Flour
1 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Cup ground Almonds
2 1/2 Flat TBS Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Flat tsp. Ground Cloves
1 Flat tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 Flat tsp. Ground Cardamom
1 tsp. Finely Grated Lemon Rind
1 tsp. Almond Essence
Heat to a simmer and then stir for 5 minutes or a little more for harder bars (careful the mixture doesn’t boil over – it can happen fast):
1 Cup Honey
1 Cup Maple Sugar (buy at Amazon.com) or cane sugar
6 TBS Cold Water
Mix Wet and Dry Mixtures and Stir ( will be hot, thick and sticky).
Press with Wet Hands into Pan till evenly spread.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
While Baking – Mix:
1 1/4 Cups Powdered (Cane or Powdered Maple) Sugar
1/2 tsp. Almond Essence
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Slowly add 5 tsp. Cold Water to make a Soft Paste – Chill
After Baking – Cool a Bit and Smear Sugar Paste on Top
Press Toasted Almond Slivers into Paste
Cool and Cut
Line a Basket with Mixed Nuts (in Shells). Place 4 Perfect Apples (North, West, East and South) in Corners; Representing Peace and Prosperity all over the World for the Coming Year. Place Honey Cakes on Top. These don’t need to be refrigerated (no animal products) and cure and harden over a few days. Great to eat fresh, but also great when hardened to dunk in a Hot Beverage.
Good little boys and girls place a pair of shoes and a carrot outside the front door. St. Nicholas arrives just at Twilight (or later, if there’s traffic) on his flying white horse and BANGS loudly on the front door. When the children scramble to catch a glimpse of him, he dashes away with the carrot for his horse, to the next good child – leaving his Honey Cakes and a couple of little Gifts behind. Some children actually DO catch a look at his white horse flying off. PS: He no longer leaves a lump of coal, because ALL Children are Good.