Who doesn’t remember the spicy, cakey sweetness of a Raisin Spice bar after school with a glass of cold milk? The rain may be coming down hard outside but you open the door to a wonderful, comforting smell and the best-snack-ever awaits. Rich and made nutritious with eggs, raisins and nuts, who can resist?
We have adapted a recipe for a delicious old fashioned raisin spice bar and made it super easy with Tipu’s Chai Now® Unsweetened Chai. They come out of the oven a deep brown color with a moist, tender crumb. Plump raisins and chopped walnuts add delicious surprises to every bite.
This recipe starts by plumping up the raisins in boiling water, an important step to create the softness that the cake needs. We used unsalted butter and brown sugar but you can substitute shortening and white sugar if you prefer.
Do make quite sure the wet mixture is lukewarm to cool before you add the egg or it will start to cook and create little lumps of “scrambled egg” in your batter. Don’t be impatient, just stop and have a cup of chai while you’re waiting for it to cool down.
The molasses imparts the “old fashioned” flavor but leave it out if you are not a fan. And you can use pecans instead of walnuts.
Finally, there are many ways you can finish and frost this lovely little cake. Dust with powdered sugar, glaze with a simple powdered sugar and milk glaze or go all the way with cream cheese frosting (which is what we did). Enjoy!