Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cinnamon-Oatmeal Cookies

Another keeper recipe from this awesome book. If you like chewy oatmeal cookies, then you would probably love this. There's a few variations as to the add-ons, like raisins, dried currants, or chocolate chips. While the author love hers with chocolate chips, I like my oatmeal cookies with raisins.

As usual, I've reduced the amount of both the brown and granulated sugars, by half, which for us, the sweetness was just right. I've baked the cookies 3 minutes longer than the recipe indicated. When eating them just barely warm, the sides are a little crisp and the centre soft and chewy. The next day, these cookes are chewy throughout, which is really very nice.

Fragrance with the cinnamon, sweetness from the raisins and chewiness of the oats, makes these cookies a great snack to nibble on anytime of the day. And even as a midnight snack! 

One thing to take note is that, while the recipe states that it yields about 2-1/2 dozen cookies, I got exactly 4-1/2 dozens! And I did follow the required cookie size by following the instructions of  "drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough onto the prepared pans" !

Note : my changes to the recipe
1/2 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
use 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Blueberry-Almond Crisp

Made this delicious Blueberry-Almond Crisp, and I thought that this sounds like a crumble to me. When I googled from the internet, I am even more confused! LOL! Some articles mentioned that topping for crisp contains oats, butter and flour and a crumble usually do have use any oats. And some articles mentioned that the topping for crumbles usually have oats, butter and flour, occasionally some nuts are added. Whatever it is called, both are served with scoops of ice cream! At least everyone agrees on this! 

The recipes uses blueberries, but I do not have enough of blueberries, so I have added some chopped ripe mangoes. Toss the fruits together with some sugar and flour. I've made half a recipe to serve 4.

The topping is a mixture of granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, butter, oats and flaked almonds, Sprinkle the mixture over the fruits and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the fruits are bubbling. Let it cool slightly before serving.

Serve this  Blueberry and Mango-Almond Crisp while still warm, with a scoop (or two!) of ice cream. We had this with my homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. What can I say, this is one delicious dessert! So good!