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sprouted cookies = win!

24 Jan

Okay, so technically quick bread was the winner of my sprouted wheat poll, but after considering it I thought I’d take cookies for a spin with this first batch. I really wanted something that would bake for a shorter amount of time to really showcase the flavor of the flour. The fresh flour has a sweet grassy fragrance that I was worried would bake out of it.

Plus, I now have an excuse to sprout more flour and give it a go with bread. 🙂

Giddy-Up Janes

These cookies can easily be made with white whole wheat or an all-purpose flour rather than the sprouted wheat. They are a sweet oatmeal cookie with a kiss of peanut butter. Plus chocolate, they are nomtastic!

1 1/4 cup sprouted wheat flour (or white whole wheat or all-purpose)
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas. cinnamon
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
1 cup organic granulated sugar
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 teas. vanilla
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar. Add the peanut butter and vanilla mix well. Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and mix until incorporated. Add the oatmeal in two batches, adding the chocolate chips with the second batch. The dough might be loose, but should be moist.

For dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until cookies puff up a bit and look golden. Let cool on cooling rack for 5 minutes before moving from baking sheet to finish cooling on rack.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies

dark magic… and chocolate

22 Oct

Okay, HP fans! Here is another Harry Potter themed treat that Potterheads and Potterhaters alike will love to eat.

Before I get going, I wanted to draw some attention to this awesome vegan Harry Potter blog: Dumbledore’s Vegan Army. Fun stuff!

So, first, I wanted to work with that Trader Joe’s peanut flour again, in a more conventional setting. Since posting those gluten-free cookies, I have been getting a lot of blog traffic from people who are looking for things to use it in. I’m guessing that for most of those people, vegan, gluten-free cookies aren’t exactly what they’re looking for. 🙂

Second… I wanted to make Horcrux Cakes, another brilliant title suggested by Alec, my littlest brother. For those of you who don’t know what a horcrux is, it’s a regular object that has a fragment of a witch or wizard’s soul in it, in effect giving them immortality, so long as the object exists. The more horcruxes you have, the better chance you have of existing for all eternity. But being that Voldemort is the last person we’d want living forever, I had to ask myself, what or who would I want to live forever?

Chocolate. Duh.

Hence, my banana/peanut butter/chocolate Horcrux Cakes. Fluffy, moist little cakes encasing a creamy chocolate, black magic soul. Tom Riddle approved.

Horcrux Cakes

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup peanut flour (can use all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas baking soda
1/8 teas. salt
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp. mashed banana
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup milk of choice
1/4 cup chopped chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease ad flour a standard muffin tin.

In a small bowl, combine the flour(s), sugar, baking powder and soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the banana, peanut butter and oil. Whisk the wet ingredients until well mixed then add the milk and whisk to combine.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3 tbsp of banana and the chopped chocolate and combine. Set aside.

Add the dry ingredients to the banana/pb mixture in two batches, until just combined. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the batter into the bottom of each cup and put a small scoop of the banana/chocolate mixture in the center of each cup.

Top each cup with the remaining batter, being mindful to seal in the center. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden (toothpick test won’t work, obviously). Let cakes cool on rack for 15 minutes before loosening and removing from the tins.

Top cooled cakes with peanut butter icing or melted chocolate (or both!). To make PB icing, combine 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 teas. milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Scoop into the corner of a sandwich bag, twist and snip of a tinny bit of the corner to pipe onto cakes. Do the same with melted chocolate, if you want.

Makes 12 Horcrux Cakes

peanut… flour?

21 Sep

One of the many reasons that I love Trader Joe’s is because aside from the everyday staples (like flour and soy milk), you discover these random treasures. They vary by region (I still miss the vegan grape juice sweetened cinnamon rolls they sell in Phoenix) and you never know how long you have before they mysteriously disappear, just as quickly as they came. A recent trip uncovered a new friend, lurking in the shadows. Who knows how much time we’ll have together?

Vacuum-sealed like a little bundle of love, peanut flour! While almond and hazelnut meal are essentially just finely chopped nuts, peanuts are too oily and would just make peanut butter so the peanut flour is partially defatted to make it light and powdery.

So what do I do? I make cookies, of course! And after all these years of baking, I’m happy to post my first (and definitely not last) gluten-free recipe!

I’m not usually big on posting recipes that have exotic ingredients which aren’t widely available… to make up for it, I’m going to do a giveaway! Sorry folks, but US residents only. Leave a comment and I will draw a random winner on Friday and will send them a bag of peanut flour!

Gluten-free* PB Cookies

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup sorghum or amaranth flour
1/4 cup peanut flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. tapioca starch
1 teas. guar or xanthan gum
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/4 teas. baking soda
sprinkle salt
1/4 cup agave
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. milk of choice
1/2 teas. vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients, through the salt. Mix well to break up any clumps. In a larger bowl, whisk together the agave, oil, peanut butter, milk and vanilla. Incorporate the dry into the wet until just mixed than add the chocolate chips.

Scoop out in even sized scoops onto cookie sheet and flatten each cookie slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes until they are slightly golden and the edges are set.

Makes 1 dozen cookies

*If you don’t want to make them gluten free, omit the brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and gum and replace with 3/4 cup all-purpose flour.

cupcake win(s)!

6 Jun

What happens when you are a procrastinator of epic proportions (I have two “important” things I am supposed to be working on but don’t feel particularly invested in) and you are childless and asked to make cupcakes for a 3-year-old’s birthday party? You go a little crazy.

Strawberry cream-filled vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting.

I didn’t get quite as much strawberry cream filling inside of them as I thought I did. Note to self- muscle the pastry bag more next time!

Basic chocolate cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream icing, and a decorative chocolate drizzle and cherry. I think I blew the mind of a 6-year-old who said that she liked vanilla better than chocolate when I informed her there was vanilla in chocolate cake she was eating, but she just couldn’t see it. She was quite occupied working that over for awhile.

And now the serious winners of the party:

For those who love peanut butter and chocolate- brace yourselves. I saw the inspiration for these some time ago on this blog, but was awaiting the ideal opportunity to tweak them and unleash them on the world.

I’m officially calling them The Home Run. A chocolate cupcake, filled with a peanut butter custard, topped with a layer of ganache, a peanut butter cookie and topped with a hand-rolled peanut butter chocolate truffle. Oh yeah, baby.

I will post a whole recipe for them soon. Needless to say they are a bit involved, but totally worth it. I got rave reviews from folks who were self-proclaimed PB and chocolate haters (although I firmly believe such a group of people doesn’t exist). If you just want wait to give them a try, I used the chocolate cake recipe from my Darkest Forest Cake recipe and the PB Cookies recipe from my cookbook for those components.

I know the whole cupcake craze is starting to wane a bit (what do you think will take their place?) but I don’t think we’ll ever quite recover from how fun they are! Cupcakes aren’t just cake… they are a way of life!