I have been feeling so weird these days. It’s like I want to disappear again, but then the fear of becoming irrelevant kicks in and I get back to work. How ironic isn’t it? So many things in life are done because of fear. I keep thinking if fear is a good thing. Okay, I guess I am being too dark and sad. I’ll save this for another day.
Today, these cherry chai breakfast bars are going to make you super happy! I used whole-wheat flour in the recipe to make it a little healthy and added a little chai spice to it just for an added edge and oh boy am I happy? It’s very interesting how cherry pairs with such a wide range of flavours. This can be eaten for breakfast, for dessert or maybe like a whole meal. Hey! We’re on judgement free zone.
Few of my favourite things about this recipe:
It’s eggless, it has whole-grain flour, it requires minimal ingredients and minimal effort.
- I used salted butter in this recipe because I prefer the flavour
- You are free to replace cherries with any fruit that is not too watery (eg. Berries, peaches, apricots etc)
- Please let the bars cool completely before cutting into them
- Please adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of your fruit and your preference
Cherry Chai Breakfast Bars (Whole wheat)
Buttery base and topping:
- 350 g Cherries (measured after pitting)
- 15 g Cornstarch or Corn Flour
- 60 g Caster sugar
- a pinch Salt
Make the buttery base and top:
- Grease and line an 8×8 inch square baking pan, set aside and preheat your oven to 175 C
- Sift all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar and spices) into a medium-large bowl.
- Add the very soft salted butter and gently mix everything till it comes together. The mixture should be very pliable and soft.
- Dump 3/4th of the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it evenly to cover the base. Gently poke the base using a skewer or a fork and bake this for approximately 12-15 minutes or just almost set. Remove from the oven and keep it aside while the oven continues to heat and you make the filling.
Make the filling:
- Wash and remove the pitts of your cherries and add them to a bowl with the sugar, salt and cornstarch. Mix them till everything is evenly combined.
- Add this on top of the semi baked crust and spread it evenly. It is okay if your crust is not cooled completely.
- Now take the remaining 1/4th of the base mixture that you kept aside. Take some portions of it and press it into chunks and scatter them on top of the cherry filling.
- Bake this for approximately 45 minutes or until the filling bubbles.
- Let the bars cool down completely and refrigerate them for around 30 minutes after that for easy cutting and even slices.