My father’s birthday was earlier this week. Everyone at his work forgot; no one wished him a happy birthday. (Granted, he didn’t tell anyone, but it is odd saying, “Good morning, today’s my birthday.”) He came home dejected and sad. Poor Dad! (Actually, it wasn’t too bad. To make him feel better, he went to the grocery store and bought a huge steak and grilled it for dinner. Nothing like meat to make a man feel better!) Today, I thought I would make him some dessert to comfort him, so he knew he was still loved.
One of his favorite desserts is peach pie. My mom makes a fabulous peach pie, but since I invited them over, I didn’t think it fair that she also bring the dessert. I love peach pie too, but I don’t love making it. Pie crusts are hard and take a lot of love and work. I have to be in the mood to make pies. I decided to make these bars instead, mostly because I had all the ingredients and didn’t need to go to the store. And my guess is that you probably have all these ingredients in your pantry too.
Start off by spraying cooking spray on a 9-inch square pan. Press wax or parchment paper over it, pressing down with your fingers to “seal” it. Then spray cooking spray on top of the wax paper. (The first spray enables you to easily take it out of the pan. The second spray allows you to get the bars off the wax paper.) Continue reading