Monday, January 31, 2011

TINA'S WALNUT BERRY BLIZZARD BITES

About 6 years ago we had a dooooooozier of a BLIZZARD.  Many of you may not know the difference between a blizzard and a bad snow storm - but there is a difference!  In a blizzard - the wind blows the snow in many directions- even straight up if it so desires!Once in a blizzard, the snow blew straight up into our attic.

About 5-6 years so we had a BAD BLIZZARD - we stayed at work all day as my store is close to the mountains in a "milder" part of a city with micro climates. As we started home on this particular night on the interstate, many cars were stuck on the sides of the road - even a police car!  At one point nothing moved while we sat on a bridge in a whiteout.  People got out of their cars and chatted as if we were in a parking lot. Tina from Colorado T's (t-shirt shop a few doors down) had given us a basket of homemade goodies  earlier in the day for a Christmas treat and we had the basket in the car going home.  We reached for the basket and ATE EVERYTHING in it!  This recipe was received from her later after I requested it - these are so delicious! 




 Did you put some cranberries in the freezer at Christmas time - I suggested that remember?  While they are available you should always freeze some!

TINA'S WALNUT BERRY BLIZZARD BITES: I added the blizzard part of course!

You will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees:  get out a 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan which you will  spray with no stick cooking spray.

Ingredients for the base:  2 1/2 cups sifted flour, 1 cup margarine (NOT butter) which is cut into pieces, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl, beat the flour, margarine, confectioners sugar and salt at medium speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press this firmly and evely into the pan.  It will be up high.  Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Now the filling ingredients: 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 3 Tb. butter (not margarine), 2 cups fresh chopped or frozen, thawed and chopped cranberries, 1 cup chopped walnut and 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips



In a large bowl, beat the corn syrup, sugar, eggs and butter until well blended.  Stirin the cranberries and walnuts and spread evenly over the hot crust. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and bake 25 minutes until set.  COOL COMPLETELY NOW before serving....will make 4 dozen bars!  I hope you love this recipe because I had to completely type it TWICE as the saving draft button didn't work and I lost it the first time.  I am so dedicated to this blog!

Since we - probably like you - are in the middle of a terrible cold weather pattern - this post will be my choice also for Tea Time Tuesday.  Visit Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


4 comments:

Jenny's Heart said...

MMM those look so lovely! I will really have to try them soon.
I am a new follower and love your blog. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

Johanna said...

Hello Bernideen,
I am happy that we have in Germany never blizzards. At least very seldom a heavy storm and none with snow. But I think it was a nice feeling to eat all the goodies in that storm and they look truly delicious. Thank you for the yumme recipe and for the patience, to write that post twice.
Greetings, Johanna

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Perfect for today! Sitting right in the middle of a blizzard!! I am glad that all my loved ones are where they need to be...the only thing I have to worry about is if I will have milk for my tea tomorrow! (Smiles). This looks yummy, love the name! Have a good day...stay warm!!

Donna

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
These bites sound delicious and I'll have to copy the recipe. We have so many storms here that one loses count after a while. But in 2002 we had a terrible storm/blizzard that came up out of no where and my hubby lost our car in it. The car was totaled but thankfully he didn't get hurt! I do despise wintertime! Looking forward to Spring.
The little Old Country Roses teapot is very cute! Thanks for sharing my dear friend.

Blessings,
Sandi