Saturday, November 29, 2008

Honorary Silly Chick - Hester Bass!

Hello Hester Bass! And thank you for donating to Heifer International and becoming an Honorary Silly Chick!

Hester is a children's author who finds it difficult to choose just one favorite funny book, but for sheer silliness, she'd pick one that she and her kids howled over when they were little, and still do years later: "Earth Tigerlets, as Explained by Professor Xargle" by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross.

Hester possesses mad skill as a Finger Knitter, First Class. Ropes galore at her house! Perfect for the cat who has everything.

And best of all, she's bringing Congo Bars to share in the coop. We don't know what Congo Bars are, but we suspect they make you dance and we love that! Hester was kind enough to send us the recipe! Thanks, Hester!

CONGO BARS
Recipe from Hester Bass, Children’s Author
www.hesterbass.com

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square pan.

In a saucepan, melt ¼ cup butter (use the real stuff) over low heat.
Take pan off the stove and stir in 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar.
Set aside to cool.

Into the cooled butter-brown sugar mixture, stir in one large (unbeaten) egg.
Then add:
¾ cup flour (whole grain works just as well as refined white)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Blend well.

Then add to this mixture:
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips (Ghiradelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chips are awesome!)
Mix well.

Spread mixture in baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, more or less – only until
a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Caution: Do not overbake or
they will become not Congo Bars but Congo Bricks.

Cool in the pan and cut in squares.

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