Cooking with Love

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Something Healthier - Granola

The best thing about granola, besides its being yummy and a helathier snack is the fact that once you have the basic recipe you can endlessly fool around with the taste - if it be by using different spices or changing the nuts and fruits. It is alwyas a fun recipe to play with.
After trying an endless amount of different recipes I adopted this one which is a mix of all the recipes I have tried. Please don't forget that you really should change and add flavours to your liking (assorted dried fruits, spices, coconut, different nuts, etc...)
Dorit's Favorite Granola:
4-5 Tbs. brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey or date honey (called silan)
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Heat till sugar has dissolved. Add:
3 cups quaker
1 cup bran
1 cup nuts - I used hazelnuts, chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds
Place on cookie sheet and bake at 150C for approx. 30 minutes, stirring every so often.
Cool completely
I added banana chips and cranberries which are my favorite combo.

Wanna Date??

After quite a long break, which I apologize for, I am at it and baking amd photographing and of course - BLOGGING!!
Today I was seeking something different. Something I have never made...while searhing cookbooks I found a recipe I had copied from some cookbook that I do not remember but promised myself to make...which I did.
This is exceptionally moist and rich and delicious!!
Date Chocolate Squares
In a food prcessor combine and process the following:
3/4 cup walnuts (I used hazlenuts which I had on hand)
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 Tbs. cocoa powder
Process till nuts are finely chopped.
150 grams cold butter, cut into pieces
2-3 Tbs. water
Process until dough has formed.
Press into buttered pan and bake at 140 C 20-25 minutes.
In the meantime prepare the filling as follows:
In a medium saucepan put
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
3 Tbs. cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
Heat until sigar has dissolved. Add:
75 grams butter
100 grams bittersweet chocolate
Stir until completely ,elted.
Remove from heat and add 250 grams date spread. Continue stirring. Cool for 5-10 minutes and add:
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. Brandy (I used Frangelico sinced I used hazelnuts in the dough).
Pour onto baked dough and bake for another 25 minutes.
Cut into squares and keep chilled.
These are delicious!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bad Blogger

Honestly. I can't even think of an excuse as to why I haven't posted anything...
We had such wonderful holidays, that of course, are all based on food (is there a jewish holiday that isn't....besides Yom Kippur...LOL)
I promise to be a good girl.
In the meantime here are a few pictures from Israel's Independence day.
The Cupcakes are Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcakes and the Buttercream frosting is also from Magnolia's Bakery.

Independance Cupcakes

My Adorable Niece