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Ginger Orange Bars

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Ingredients

BARS:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2/3 cup buttermilk (see note)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel

FROSTING:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter or margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg; beat well.

In small bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda and ginger; blend well. Add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk; mix well. Stir in grated orange peel. Spread evenly in sprayed pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.

In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients, adding enough orange juice for desired spreading consistency; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.

Note: To substitute for buttermilk, use 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus skim milk to make 2/3 cup.

Mrs. Carl R. Johannsen
Rock Island



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
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