Photo: Con Poulos
These on-the-go bars get their crunch from pecans and poppy seeds.
Makes 12 bars
DirectionsActive time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
To make bars: Preheat oven to 350° and place a rack in the center. In a large bowl, stir together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pecans, and prunes; set aside. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, ricotta, milk, and molasses. Add butter mixture to flour mixture and stir gently to combine.
Spoon dough onto a floured surface. Dust flour over batter and use your hands to shape it into a long rectangle, about 3 x 14. Transfer log to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet.
To make topping: In a small bowl, mix together pecans, brown sugar, and poppy seeds. Brush top of log with 1 Tbsp. melted butter and cover with pecan-poppy seed mixture. Bake until log is dark golden brown and gives gently to the touch, about 35 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet 10 minutes. Use a serrated knife to cut into 12 pieces, then transfer to a rack to cool.
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From the October 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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