Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tablescape Wannabe and Ginger Bar Cookies

I have gotten so much enjoyment out of those who participate in Tablescape. I've decided to start practicing so that I may join their illustrious ranks. As you can see, I'm not quite ready for prime time. One has to start somewhere. So....

This pretty blue bird towel is from Anthropologie.

I believe I would title this "A Summer Tea" and, among other offerings, serve cantaloupe and honeydew slices.

The teapot is from Bauer Pottery.

The cup and saucer is Fiestaware.

The spicy ginger bars are from Williams-Sonoma Holiday Favorites.


Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan, dust with flour and shake out excess.

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon dark molasses
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, cut into 1/4 inch dice

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light, creamy and smooth, about five minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition. Beat in the molasses.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, and cloves. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add the crystallized ginger and stir to mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the top is golden in color, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cool completely and cut into bars.

This is even better the second day.