Halfway Bars

by Maryam on October 17, 2010

I miss America already .. I didn’t complete a 24 hours since my arrival to Kuwait, however, I miss being there .. Yeah, I miss the peanut butter with jelly sandwich “which was my new discovery in this trip” .. I miss the chocolate chip waffles I used to eat early in the morning before going to work .. I miss the “real taste” of the whole grain bread .. I miss the orange juice I used to drink with every meal like water .. Well, I don’t believe that the missing list will ever end that’s why I decided to stop here! You may think that my longing is about food only which is not! In fact, I miss the overall atmosphere. However, food usually somehow bounds your feelings to the places, memories, occasions, and people you love!

I didn’t visit many places in the past two weeks, however, I enjoyed being there! The weather was perfect, the people I met were so helpful and friendly, the food I ate was fantastic and place where I stayed was worth the price. In total, my experience was a very happy memory to remember and share. Whenever I go I used to take plenty of pictures of everything, but, this wasn’t the case this time! Well, the first reason of that I’ve been to Houston couple of times, and I have a very large folders filled with all kind of pictures. The second reason, is that in a business trip you are not in the mood of roaming everywhere like you do in a vacation. Yes I admit that I’ve discovered many new places this time such as westheimer Rd, Kemah Boardwalk, and many good restaurants I’d never heard of.

Kemah was a good place to visit in the weekend. The weather was just perfect when we reached there after the one hour driving from the galleria. Watching the sunset while eating dinner was a scene from heaven. The place was a bit crowded, however, the simplicity of it, made my experience so special in the same time. There were a few rides, I didn’t even bother myself to take a single ride! However, I was glade that I took my camera with me and I captured few pictures. I remember that it was my first time to try the coconut shrimp dish and it turned to be a good one and a successful choice as well.

Halfway Bars

As simple as that .. Halfway bars is something between a bar and a cookie, which is how they got their name. They taste a bit like a cookie, and a bit like a brownie. They are something warm to take out while visiting a friend and they will seem like a real treat.

The recipe was adapted from The Amish Cook’s Baking Book by Lovina Eicher “one of the best cooking books on my shelf”. Here is why I love Amish cooking and baking, the results are so tasty if you considered the simplicity in steps and equipments.

Shopping List

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

1 teaspoon water

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chocolate chips

Glaze

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar

Making the bars

1 teaspoon of butter Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Then pour the melted butter into large bowl.
2 eggs In a small bowl separate the eggs. Reserve the whites for the glaze and place the yolks into the large bowl.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon water

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Add to the egg yolks- butter mixture the following: brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder, water and flour to form a stiff dough.
1 cup chocolate chips Spread the dough into the prepared baking pan. Then spread the chocolate chips evenly over the dough.

Making the glaze

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar

In small bowl, beat the 2 egg whites into the brown sugar. Pour the glaze over the bars.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
Store the bars in a sealed container or cake safe. These will stay fresh for 3 to 4 days.

enjoy with love,

Maryam