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Last night I made granola cookies. I love them because they are sort of a “kitchen sink” kind of recipe. You can use whatever you have kicking around as long as the proportions are right. A big cookie and a banana made a yummy, healthy breakfast.
· 1/2 cup of sugar (brown or white)
· 3/4 cups of applesauce
· 1 cup of flour
· 2 tsp of baking powder
· 1/2 tsp of salt
· 1 tsp of cinnamon
· 1/4 tsp of allspice
· 1/8 tsp of powdered cloves
· 1 cup of rolled oats
Now the creative part – from one cup to up to a cup and a half (total) of “whatever” – I’ve offered some suggestions, but basically anything you have on hand that sounds like it would be yummy:
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar and applesauce.
3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together then stir into the applesauce mixture.
4. Stir in your other assorted ingredients until the batter is just combined.
5. Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet – they don’t really spread much and get bigger, so they will remain approximately the same size.
6. Bake for 10 minutes.
7. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then move them to a plate to cool further.
Lunch was the rest of last night’s potato/ham concoction with some cheese sprinkled on top.
After school the real fun started. I decided it was time for a serious cooking lesson, so when Rosie got off the bus she was greeted with “You’re making homemade pizza from scratch!!!!” First I walked her through mixing up the dough. Our yeast was a bit old and thus not as yeastish as I might have wished. (That’s short for “It didn’t rise much!”)
While the dough was allegedly rising, I directed her through making the sauce – hopefully you don’t consider it cheating on my “from scratch” challenge, but we had to use canned tomatoes. Tisn’t the season, you know. I taught her how to make a very tasty pizza sauce using the blender.
Then she chopped up toppings (knives and 12 year olds make me incredibly nervous but I’m trying to get better at letting her do things herself). She chose leftover chicken and onions to top the pizza.
She oiled up her hands, spread the dough onto the pizza pan and ladled on the sauce. She shredded the cheese and then added that and the toppings.
Twenty minutes of tempting smells later, our little chicken timer summoned us back to the kitchen for a delicious but extremely thin crust pizza.
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