Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A late Tuesday with Dorie- Caramel Crunch Bars

Opps I am a bit late on TWD this week, but hey I have had a pretty legitimate excuse!! I have been here for the past week. Just got home on the red eye yesterday....
We had spent some time at the beach, & we did some of this..
Saw so many of these... and they are just as majestic & magical in person as you would expect.
And just had a wonderful vacation & it goes went way to quickly... Sigh, back to the grind today. But just had to share a few pictures with my TWD entry, to explain why I am so late. Hopefully you can forgive my error. ;) I made the Caramel Crunch Bars before I left. They were just wonderful! Once again I used Pamela's GF Flour Mix and it worked like a charm. Great choice!
I even wrapped them up as gifts for some girlfriends I was meeting for brunch that morning. They were a hit! This is a recipe worth repeating.. please see Whitney's great site. :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Double Blueberry Crisp Bars

Every year for Christmas my Mom puts together "stockings/goodie bags" for her girls. She always puts the most creative things in it.... This year it contained The Wine Lover's Desert Cookbook... How well my Mom knows me.. Wine & desert together?? Hellooo 2 of my favorite things! This is the first recipe I have sampled from the book and it did not disappoint. It was delicious and relatively healthy (as far as deserts go). I used gluten free oats and Pamela's GF baking mix...It would be a fabulous served warm with Vanilla bean ice cream for desert, or as I served it this morning at work.. as a yummy breakfast/brunch treat.

Double Blueberry Crisp Bars
*The Wine Lover's Desert Cookbook

1 pint (2 cups) Fresh Blueberries
1 cup dried Blueberries
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 granulated sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour (I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup skim milk

Preheat the oven to 350F & position the rack near the center. In medium sauce pan, stir together the fresh & dried blueberries, juice and granulated sugar until sugar dissolves. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the fresh blueberries give off their juices and the mixture begins to thicken slightly, about 8 minutes. (the filling will thicken considerably as it bakes).

In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & salt. Add oil & milk, stirring until the ingredients are evenly moistened. Use your hands (dampened with water, if needed) to press about one third of the mixture into the bottom of an unbuttered 8 x 8 inch pan in a solid compact layer. Pour and spread blueberry mixture evenly over the bottom crust, then sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over he filling and gently press into place. Don't worry if some blueberries peek through. Bake until the top is golden brown 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool the bars at least 30 minutes for easiest cutting. Cut into 5 equal strips in one direction, then 3 in the other to make 15 bars. Serve warm or at room, or store in an airtight container at room temp for up to one week.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie- World Peace Cookies

Hello February, woa is it really possible we are here already?? Where does the time go?? Too fast I say!! To kick off this months Tuesdays with Dorie, Jessica of Cookbookhabit chose World Peace Cookies. (please see Jessica's blog for the recipe or see page 138 in the book) Traditionally I have never been a fan of chocolate cookies. Now don't get me wrong... I heart chocolate just as much as the next girl, but chocolate cookies have never really "spoken" to me. So when I saw this recipe, of course my first thought was that I might not be a fan. But boy was I wrong!These cookies really were just divine. They were the perfect combination of salty and sweet! And they had a "shortbread' ish" texture which was a nice surprise. The recipe was simple to put together, instead of chocolate chips... I chopped up some semi sweet baking squares I had left over from my holiday baking. I also substituted gluten free (Pamela's mix) flour for all purpose, & was happy to see that was an easy switch. The World Peace Cookies were an absolute hit with everyone I gave them away too (of course I had to get them out of my house asap, for fear of having to add 20 more workouts to my week if I ate them all, ha).... This one is a keeper, and without a doubt will be repeated! Great choice, Jessica!