Friday, July 29, 2011

Oatmeal Cran Whole Wheat Cookies

I found this recipe for Oatmeal cookies on Tastespotting.  Here is the link from Sweet Tooth:

I thought the use of Whole Wheat flour was inspirational and made them this morning.  Warm out of the oven, with a cup of cold milk, it was the perfect after lunch snack.

I swapped in white chocolate chips and walnuts.  I did not chill the dough.  I used a melon baller to make the cookies and baked them for 15 minutes on parchment paper.  I then turned off the oven and left the cookies in for another 4 minutes pulling the baking sheet before over browning occurred.

Crisp and delicious!

Here is the recipe tweeked:

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup mixture of chopped walnuts, craisins, and white chocolate chips

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry mixture into the wet until just combined.
- Stir in the oats, walnuts, craisins, and white chocolate chips.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet and spoon dough in 1-1/2 inch balls onto the sheet.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes and cool on a wire rack

Recipe yields about 24 cookies

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mom's Date Nut Bread

Whole Wheat Date and Nut Bread

I used 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour and 1/4 cup bran flour. We really liked it.........................


    • 8 ounces pitted dates
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts


  1. Heat to 350°F Grease interior of loaf pan.
  2. Place dates in food processor (make sure there are no pits) along with 1 cup of the water.Pulse into a coarse puree, then add the egg, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1/2 cup water. Pulse until mixture is thoroughly blended.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the date puree, and pulse until mixed.
  4. Add raisins and nuts to mixture and stir to mix.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan, and bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick can be removed clean.
  6. Cool in pan on wire rack about 15-20 minutes, then turn out bread to cool completely.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and store for one day before slicing.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July Harvest Tart

We now have an wonderful abundance of fruit coming in, and what to do with it all?  I'm recommending a July Harvest Tart of strawberries, blueberries and bananas.

1 cup blueberries, washed and picked over.
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced bananas
1/2 cup lemon curd
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg, mixed with 1 tsp water

First, roll out a sheet of puff pastry to about the size of a sheet of paper, 8 1/2 x 11".  Brush with 1/2 the melted lemon curd.  Arrange fruits of your choice on the puff pastry.  Here I tried a red, white and blue theme.  When you've arranged the fruit to your liking, brush on the remaining lemon curd.  You don't need to roll up the sides as the pastry will rise, but you should brush it with an egg wash.  Please in 425 degree oven and immediately lower the temp to 400 degrees.  Set timer for 15 minutes and bake until brown around the edges.  Remove and let cool.  Serve with whipped cream if desired.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fireworks at Stone Harbor

We were "Down the Shore" for July 4th and had a great view of the Stone Harbor fireworks as well as Avalon's, Sea Isle City, etc., all from our balcony.  My brother Gene also stayed with us and we had a grand time.  Here are a few pix of the fireworks and a photo of Gene and John.

Anchors Aweigh!

I'm almost finished with John's Anchors Sweater from a pattern called Mystic by Alice Starmore in her book Fishermen's Sweaters. I have to attach the sleeves and knit a crew neck collar.  Started on June 15 and here it is July 17th and almost done!   Update:  finished on July 21st. Here is a link to my post on Ravelry: