Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#16 ~ Peanut Butter Sandies ~ United States (page 53)

Mmmm, peanut butter cookies! There's not a whole lot to say about these. They were a standard p.b. cookie, a bit on the crunchy side as opposed to a melt-in-your-mouth cookie, but still quite enjoyable.

The only change I made to the recipe was to add some peanut butter chips because in my opinion they just wouldn't be as good without the chips.

The chopped peanuts on top gave them a nice appearance but they mostly ended up falling off as the cookie was eaten so I don't think I'd do that again.

Finally, the extra-special thing I did was to make some of the cookies without the chopped peanuts especially for Robert (because I figured he'd complain about that), only for him to tell me that he doesn't even like peanut butter cookies. Oh well, I tried. LOL 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#15 ~ Ginger Nuts ~ Australia (page 250)

So I'm back at this after more than a year.  Yikes. It may take me a lifetime to bake my way through this book at the rate I'm going, but whatever.

I realized that part of what was keeping me from doing this project was 1) the thought of doing these blog posts although I really do want to have a record of this adventure and 2) mostly the thought of having to take the photos for the post. I really do not enjoy taking pictures.

So Jen suggested that she would take the pictures for me since I always bring her some of the cookies to try and I decided I'll just write quick basic posts to document the recipe. No more long tales.

That said, this week's cookie was Ginger Nuts from Australia. I finally got to use some of my Golden Syrup that I found at Bulk Barn. This is a thick sugar cane syrup which originates from the UK. The label on the jar shows a bizarre drawing of a dead lion with bees buzzing around him and the quote "out of the strong came forth sweetness". Weird, but it's apparently a biblical reference although no one is sure of its significance to this product.

Anyway, the dough mixed up really quickly although it was very dry and took a bit of work to form into ball shapes. The cookies, although not much to look at, had a nice spicy flavour and the golden syrup did add a unique-tasting sweetness to them. They were nice with the lemon-grapefruit green tea we drank with them.

Up Next: I have no idea. I'm not planning that far ahead.

Postscript (April 11, 2016): While I was reading Voyager by Diana Gabaldon last night before going to sleep, I came across this:

Fiona's curly dark head poked through the study doorway, interrupting the excitement. "There's fresh ginger-nut biscuits, just baked." The scent of warm ginger came into the study with her, wafting enticingly from her apron.

I found it amusing to read this, knowing exactly what they were having with their tea and cocoa!