It's not too late to celebrate National Rainier Cherry Day. The July 11 fruit-themed spotlight is courtesy of the Northwest Cherry Growers association. Here is recipe for a favorite dessert bar: Sweet Cherry Blondies.
Sweet Cherry Blondies
1-1/3 cups each: flour and packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pitted and halved Northwest fresh sweet cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Heat oven to 325F.
2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, eggs, and vanilla; mix on low speed of electric mixer until blended. Mix 1 minute on medium speed. Batter will be thick.
3. Spread half of batter in oiled and floured 9-inch square baking pan.
4. Toss cherries in small amount of flour. Scatter cherries over batter; spread remaining batter over cherries.
5. Sprinkle pecans over top. Bake at 325F 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on rack and cut into 16 pieces.
Chocolate chip variation: Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips over batter with pecans.
Nutritional value per serving: 207 Calories, 2.2 g protein, 28.2 g carbohydrate, 9.9 g fat (42 percent of calories from fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 0.6 g fiber, 88 mg sodium.