Monday, December 17, 2007

Cooking with my Mummy!

Mom came over today and baked with me. It was a lot of fun. She made CrunKakes (sp?) on a specially designed Iron. I made Snickerdoodles and a Pizza. I will hopefully have pictures of this soon and specifics. Mom and I will probably be going shopping tomorrow. I'm planning on making "Sweet Pistachio Butter" for my Grandpa for Christmas. I hope it turns out well.

I'll be editing this post and adding more specifics. Needless to say. This was a very fun day. ^_~

Other recipes I looked at had a 1/2 cup of butter and shortening. I found a recipe that only called for butter. I thought it might be healthier. Maybe if you have shortening too they stay softer. mine have hardened and become chewy. They turned out beautifully once I turned the oven down! My oven is small and it is a hot oven. The bottoms were burned after having the temperature 50 degrees too high. Oops!

Substitutions: I used a 1/2 a cup of wheat flour. It didn't affect the color of the cookies really, I did however affect the texture subtly. The wheat flour has more impurities in it than the white flour I have. It gives the cookies little bits that are hard to chew. If I use wheat flour again, I will sift it first.

I added a tiny bit of Maple Sugar to the Dough and the topping. I don't think it really affected the flavor, but it was worth a try.

I don't have an electric mixer, I did everything by hand. it's hard work, but they are delicious


1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all unbleached all-purpose flour

4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


In a mixing bowl, beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add one cup sugar, baking soad, and cream of tartar. (you can substitute cream of tartar and baking soda for baking powder, just look around on the internet for suggestions). Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Beat in as much flour as you can with a mixer, and stir in the remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

15 Minutes before the hour is up start preheating the oven to 375 degrees. While you are waiting Combine 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. After the hour is up: Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Place balls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are beautifully golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Keep an eye on the first batch of cookies. I ended up only baking my cookies for around 8 minutes because my oven is hotter and smaller.

I will add pictures later on. I'm missing my camera cord right now!

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
2/3 c. milk
2 tbsp. oil
2 tsp. light corn syrup
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. ground oat flour, made by grinding 1 1/4 c. rolled oats in blender
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Add milk, oil and syrup to combined dry ingredients. Stir with fork until ball forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 10 turns. Then with greased fingers, press into pizza pan. Shape edges to form a rim. Bake crust in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove top with pizza fillings and finish baking about 15 minutes for 425 degrees.,164,148174-247199,00.html

Pizza notes: I used spaghetti sauce, leftover chicken, and onions. When I make this again, I will pre-bake the crust first. Then I will put on the toppings and bake for a little longer. It tasted good, but the toppings were all dried out. It also could've used more sauce, but there wasn't much sauce left over. I made a thin crust and spread it out in a medium baking sheet.

Sweet Pistachio Butter

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