Monday, July 14, 2008

Just call me Betty.

Since I was such a bargain shopper with my birthday money, I had a little bit left over. And since I'm going to need many excuses to use my new mixer, I got this:

Everything in this HUGE book is made with whole grain flours, from cakes to cookies to pies to breads to muffins and more! I am so excited, though I don't think this is going to have a positive effect on my total body mass.

As my first experimentation pre-mixer (it has yet to come in the mail) I decided to try out whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Yum. I gathered all my ingredients and started putting things together. Then I read further down in the directions and noted this one: Let stand overnight.

Umm, really? You expect me to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and let it stand over night!?! Ha ha ha ha!! So I went on the hunt for an alternate recipe that I wouldn't have to wait to eat. I'm all about the instant gratification. Luckily I had seen a recipe on one of the blogs I read that I had wanted to try. So that's what I did. The cookies were delicious.

By the time I got a picture there was only one left. They were supposed to be super chewy cookies, but by the next day they were a bit crunchy. They were good, but I would've liked them to stay chewy.

Having had partial success in the cookie department, I decided to try something else: Wheat Thins. These were surprisingly easy and quick.

And they are really good. I think they are better than the real things. Yum.

And since I was on a roll and had a huge watermelon that needed taking care of, I set out to whip up a batch of watermelon preserves. Now, the recipe called for lemons and I only had oranges, so I switched things up a bit. Then after letting it boil, there were still far too many large chunks. So after a whirl through the blender it was more my style.

This stuff is waaaay to sweet for me. It tastes like an orange sucker. If I ever make it again I will be seriously cutting back on the sugar. I haven't tried it on anything yet, but I'm hoping some homemade whole wheat bread will balance it out nicely. But don't worry, I won't bore you more with the tales of whole wheat bread baking.

So there you go. My foray into the world of homemade baked goods. Quite a success, if I do say so myself.


marianne said...

Why didn't we hang out more when you were at Ft. Meade? We could have sat around baking things and creating all kinds of goodies together.

Jamie & Brian said...

Happy Birthday!! I love that whole grain cookbook. We haven't tried a lot, but we love the 100% whole wheat sandwich bread and we also tried some other things, but I can't remember what they were. That book is in storage right now so I can't make anything from there. Oh well.

I love the blogs published into a book. I am planning to do that with all my 2008 posts plus the few months I did in 2007. Where did he go to do it?

Harmony said...

The fact that you made your own Wheat Thins is blowing MY MIND!

Andrea said...

Hey Betty what have you done with my sister? That cookie sure looked good!! I love cookies!! I can't wait for you to get your new mixer!!

Hadlock Hideaway said...

Yum, I want that wheat thin recipe!

merrillohana said...

Come cook for me. I pay well.

HandMade Goods said...

awesome. just... awesome.

and happy late birthday! ive been out of the blog loop for a few months and am slowly catching up.