Foodie Friday – Haole Bars

Foodie Friday – Haole Bars

Aloha, everyone, and thanks for having me back, Melissa!

Last week, Melissa and I, somehow, got to talking about cookbooks. I don’t know about the rest of you, but we love cookbooks! I love to flip through all the pages and drool over the beautiful food pictures. (You will have to excuse my food pictures. Why are they not as beautiful as my food?) I even love googling ingredients I have never heard of and then searching five stores just for that one thing.

A few years ago, I begged my husband for this wonderful Italian cookbook I’d discovered in a local bookstore. “Do you really need another one, Sarah?” Yes! Yes, I do.  And, I did get that book and have only made a few things from it. Okay, so I have only made two recipes and both only once. But they were heavenly and I still think that book is my favorite.

Anyway, I was going to share a recipe from that wonderful little Italian cookbook, but life happened. Meaning, my Coastie husband had to get underway this week so I had to step it up a notch to cook, clean, cart kids to all their activities, and still find time for mama to workout. Oh! And I watch one of my husbands shipmates’ puppy while they are away.

So, just as I was thinking “YIKES, what did I get myself into saying I had the perfect recipe to blog about? I don’t have time to make that!”, a package arrived from my GG in North Carolina. I get my love of books from her, and she has given me many of my cookbooks. So, can you guess what was in that package! Yep, another cookbook! But better than that, a Hawaiian cookbook! I know, how awesome!

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So, I sat down right away marking what I wanted to make. Then I noticed someone wrote 2 page numbers in the front of the book. I thought it would be neat to tell you about this 2nd hand book and that I just flipped to the page marked and made that recipe for you. But, it was for pineapple pie and I am allergic to pineapples (Yes, I live in Hawaii and can’t eat pineapple!) and the other was for coleslaw made with whipping cream?!

Would you like me to get to the recipe I am sharing with you already? I promise, I am getting there.

Here in Hawaii the natives call white folks Haoles. I found a recipe called Haole Bars in the cookbook GG send and thought I’d share that with y’all today. Who doesn’t love apples and shaved coconut? Yum! 

I hope y’all enjoy these cake-like bars as much as the kids and I did.

Happy cooking!

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Haole Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup butter at room temp
  2. 1 Cup light brown sugar ( I use dark)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 Cups chopped apples (I peeled and dice 2 green and 2 red)
  5. 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts (I omit this)
  6. 1/2 Cup flaked coconut
  7. 1/2 Cup raisins (I found a bag called plum medley with diced plums, raisins, and cranberries)
  8. 1 Cup flour
  9. 1tsp salt
  10. 1tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and beat in egg. Add apples, walnuts, coconut, and raisins. Blend well. (I had to switch to a wooden spoon here)
  3. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda and add to creamed mixture. Pour into a lightly greased 9x9 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. All ovens will vary, mine was ready in 33 minutes. The recipie also says makes 3 dozen. Ummm I must have cut mine too big because I only got a little over a dozen.
  6. Y'all get to see how impatient I am, as I cut into them before I took the picture. Ooops.
  7. I hope y'all enjoy these little cake-like bars as much as the kids and I did!
Notes
  1. With a stick of butter and all that sugar I'm guessing the calorie count is up there!
Adapted from Adapted from A Taste of Aloha, A collections of recipes from the Junior League of Honolulu
Adapted from Adapted from A Taste of Aloha, A collections of recipes from the Junior League of Honolulu
A Room for Two with a View http://aroomfortwowithaview.com/
P.S I don’t know if there are any military moms reading this, but since I mentioned my hubby is underway, I thought I’d just quickly share a cute little thing I do with the kids at night when daddy is away.  

My son had a terrible time dealing with daddy being gone when we were stationed in VA, and I didn’t deal with it well. Then we spent 3 wonderful years in Nassau, without a single deployment. So I was terrified about how Alex would take Rob’s first underway trip here in Hawaii. The flashbacks of VA were coming back to me but I told myself he is older, he understands more now, he is in school, and he is busy with friends, it won’t be bad. But, I wanted to make sure I had something for each of my kids to have a way to gauge when daddy was coming home and just something to know he is always thinking of them. 

I decorated a jar in a nautical theme, since my husband is in the Coast Guard, and when he gets underway, I put enough kisses in the jar for each kid to have one goodnight kiss from daddy before bed.

It’s wonderful what a little piece of chocolate can do, no matter how old you are. :)

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11 Responses to “Foodie Friday – Haole Bars”

  1. June 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    These haole bars look SOOO good.
    Thanks for inviting me to your blog hop.
    I added a link for Classic Cheesecake and my series called Cupcakes on Parade!

    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

    • Melissa
      June 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Hi Sinea!

      Thank you for linking up, it’s always nice to see you again.

      Have a great weekend.

  2. June 21, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Hi there!
    Love your blog and this hop!

    I don’t have a new recipe this week ( is it ok if I link an older one that I also linked at other hops before I “knew” you?) ….. I wanted to come over and check out your recipe!

    It looks scrumptuous!!

    Thanks for sharing. I hope to be back linking up. Takinga blogging break for July. But I subs to your posts, plus foll you on TW, FB and I think P…..I’ll check on that last one.
    God bless and thanks for the email invit to link up!

    • Melissa
      June 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Hi Chris,

      That you so much for subbing and following! (I think I’m following you everywhere, too, but I’ll double check!)

      And, yes, please link up any recipe(s) you want. It doesn’t have to be a new post this week. Either way, it’ll be new to me and my readers, and I look froward to trying whatever you share!

      Enjoy your vacation and I hope to see you back soon!

      • June 21, 2013 at 9:19 am

        Thanks for the kind comment and for hosting, Melissa!

        Have a great day!

  3. June 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    That looks yummytastic that is very tempting, thanks for sharing

    Have a Haoletastic weekend ;-)

  4. June 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for inviting me to take part in your blog hop – that is a fantastic idea with the jar of chocolates – such a lovely thing to do, I’m sure it will inspire many people in similar situations, too. All the best!

  5. Sarah Miller
    June 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I am loving all the ‘bloghops’! Some great new things for me to try! Can’t wait!

  6. June 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thx for inviting me. Happy to share and see all the great recipes here.

  7. June 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Those cookies look so good! Thanks for the invite!

  8. June 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Fab recipe. Would definitely try these bars.

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