RSS

Category Archives: Honey Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie

Eating our way through Napa and smudging herbs

Eating our way through Napa and smudging herbs

    Hey everyone! It’s great to be writing again. I’ve had quite a few distractions since I‘ve last written. My son Curtis introduced me to Club House, a new app on my phone. It’s super interesting and worth looking into. I’ve also started listening to The Bible in a Year Podcast with Father Mike Schmitz. I was raised Catholic, but have never read the bible. It has been interesting so far. I’m also raising chickens, baking bread from scratch, making nutritious meals and entertaining occasionally. I spend a lot of time in the garden composting, weeding, seed sowing, planting vegetables and bulbs. The garden is popping right now with paperwhites, daffodils, snow drops, anemones, calendulas, rosemary, borage, lemon balm, mint, and much much more. I hike with friends, my sister or my husband regularly. It’s a passion. I love working on puzzles when I find the time to sit. There is always so much to do around the house. And don’t forget cookie baking. I also made a yummy gluten free crispy ginger cookies recipe this week. I can share that recipe too.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.comhttps://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com

Did I mention my trip to Napa with my girlfriend Marie? We started at the Model Bakery where we purchased scones, wheat bread, focaccia, and apple pies. Next to it was The Fatted Calf, and if we weren’t going to be gone all day, I would have gotten something to barbeque for dinner. They had every kind of meat, pork, duck, sausage, bacon, salami you could think of. Back to the bakery. Marie got an oatmeal raisin cookie too, and saved it for her husband Ron. We had them slice the bread and divide them up so we could both bring some home to our families. I’ve since made a grilled cheese with tuna salad on the wheat bread. Soooo gooood. Next we walked through Ox Bow Market. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must see. Of course we had to stop at the Napa Valley Distillery, Anette’s Chocolates and Hudson Greens and Goods. You can find Ritual Coffee, Napa BookMine, The Olive Press and our favorite Whole Spice. We then walked to town and had lunch at the Archer Hotel Roof Top where we enjoyed olives, crostini, beet salad and good wine. It was a glorious day and I’m thankful for a day with my friend Marie.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com
Bakery Items at Model Bakery. Decided to go after seeing a post from a friend about their English Muffins

Today I planted seeds of dill, Thai basil, Genovese basil, sweet peas, snow peas, and microgreens. I attended a class on Smudging on Club House today and learned which herbal plants can be used to make these potent dried bundles. They can be used for practical reasons, or spiritual or ceremonial purposes. Antimicrobial Sages, yarrow, calendula, mullein, mugwort, cedar, juniper, English lavender, rosemary, sweet grass, palo santo, thyme, bayberry, oregano, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, basil, lemon grass, clove, cinnamon,blue spruce, dill, bay leaves, and eucalyptus are many of the herbs used in making the smudges.I’m still learning about the health benefits of burning these herbs. Many tribes from the ancient ways and traditions believe these herbs are sacred, have special healing effects and cleansing essence. They can help low vibration energies.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com
Blueberry scone from Model Bakery

I bake with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom whenever I make oatmeal cookies or gingerbread cake. These are my favorite warm spices. I wrote a blog and shared a gingerbread cupcake recipe. My son and his girlfriend Shannon made it together yesterday. It tasted terrific, but the cupcakes didn’t rise correctly, so I have to go back and make the recipe again myself. We still ate the moist crumbles with a white chocolate buttercream frosting. They were delicious.

It’s after 5PM already, and I have to bring in the chickens and make dinner for my husband. I’m planning on preparing a white fish with a pineapple mango salsa for dinner. It’s so yummy. I might have to share the recipe with you.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com
Pecan Sticky Rolls

Brioche

Sponge= Pre dough

Ingredients:

2 ¼ t dry yeast

⅓ C warm Milk

1 egg

¼ C sourdough starter

1 C All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a stand mixer and combine on medium to medium low speed until combined.

Sprinkle 1 Cup All purpose flour/ bread flour (I use ¼ C. Hard Red Wheat, ¾ C Bread flour over dough so it doesn’t dry out. Let rest and rise for 30-45 min.

The sponge adds flavor to the brioche and keeping quality.

Ingredients:

 ⅓ C Sugar

1 T Kosher Salt

Crack 4 eggs into a separate bowl (approx ¾ C.)

¾ -1 C softened butter

Directions:

Place sugar, salt, and eggs alternatively with 1 -1/12 C. more Flour into stand mixer.

Using the dough hook, slowly incorporate all these ingredients adding the softened butter a Tablespoon at a time at the end until all of it is added.

Mix on medium to med high speed for 7-9 minutes until you hear the slap sound when the dough hits the bowl.

Transfer to a clean buttered bowl. Cover and let sit until it doubles in volume about 1- 2 hours.

Deflate and redistribute the dough by gently lifting edges of dough a little from the bottom, turning the bowl as you lift the dough.

Place the dough into the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight.

At this point you can divide the dough in half and keep the other ½ of the dough covered in the fridge.

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns

Smack the dough with a rolling pin  on a lightly floured flat surface into a 11/14 square or rectangle. Touch as little as possible. Dot in 3 0z softened butter onto dough. Fold over itself. 1/2 up and 1/2 down.

Roll out again. Dot with 3 oz softened butter. Fold over itself again. 1/2 up. 1/2 down. Place on a sheet pan and place in fridge for 1/2 hour to chill.

Sprinkle counter with four. Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin to 11/14 rectangle using plenty of four so it doesn’t stick. Crack 1 whole egg into a dish and whisk it until combined. Using a pastry brush, brush on egg wash onto dough. Sprinkle 4 T sugar and 1 teas cinnamon onto dough evenly leaving an inch or two at the edge free of cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle 1/2 C toasted chopped pecans onto dough. Use more egg wash so it seals when you roll up. Roll up away from you, making sure to seal the edges. Set on a sheet pan and set in freezer for 45 min. so dough will slice easier.

Prepare a round baking dish with 1 stick of softened butter and sprinkle 1/2 C light brown sugar on top of butter.

Cut roll of dough into 1 1/2 ” slices or 7 pieces. Put 3 pecans on each slice and place pecan side down into prepared pan.. Place cinnamon rolls next to each other and let rise again for 1 -1 1/2 hours at room temperature. You can leave in fridge over night and place on counter for 1 hour before baking.

Bake in a 325 degree preheated convection oven or 350 degrees oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven invert onto a dish and cool.

Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me here. I appreciate your comments and feedback if you have questions about my recipes or the smudging. 

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com
Great friends in front of Napa’s fine art sculptures. I love hearts

Teri

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Chewy Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies While Walking The Camino de Santiago

Chewy Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies While Walking The Camino de Santiago

 

It feels like Spring in California. The daffodils in my garden are blooming, the fruit trees are blossoming and the sun is out. We are so lucky to enjoy such great temperatures, since most of the East Coast and Midwest are blanketed in several feet of snow. Even though I am dying to get outside, I have to make a batch of cookies to satisfy my sweet tooth. And don’t forget, we all need to incorporate more fiber into our diets, so this recipe with oats does the trick.

These cookies are perfect for your kids lunch box. I even caught my husband eating one even though he doesn’t like chocolate. They are irresistible because you get the burst of raisins in every bite and the chocolate morsels are warm when you eat one still warm from the oven. It’s hard not have chocolate all over your face after eating one of these delicious cookies.

There are so many oatmeal cookie recipes out there, but I promise you this one will be your favorite every time you crave something chocolaty and semi nutritious. The honey brings out a rich caramel flavor and makes this cookie a little chewy. It makes you want another. You might find yourself making a double batch and keeping some wrapped up in the freezer for unexpected company. I have also made ice cream sandwiches with this recipe, dipping the cookie in melted dark chocolate before adding a large scoop of vanilla ice cream in between two cookies.

Yum. I’m going back for another. See if you can resist eating more than one.

When I was in Spain a few months ago, I visited the Museum of Honey in Arzua while walking with friends on the Camino de Santiago. This place is a must see if you are walking the Camino Frances. Thank you Nancy Solomon at Orinda World Travel who organized our trip. We tasted honey, purchased some and bought a few packages of their honey lozenges made with eucalyptus, elderberry and citrus.  I shared these with my hiking friend Beth who probably gave to her grand kids the moment she got home. (And these lozenges came in handy last month when my family was ill with the flu virus.) You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the life of bees, and modern bee keeping. Check out the slideshow at the bottom of the blog to see more of the bee museum.

After a few days hiking I brought out these home made cookies that I had packed for our group. The women were asking me for the recipe so they could make them for their friends and family when we returned home. It’s that good.

And thank you to Donna Mc Clure, my long time friend who introduced me to this cookie a zillion years ago. I of course have altered it a little over the years to make it my own.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com

#Museumofhoney #Caminodesantiago Here I am in Arzua Spain after walking the Camino.

If you are into bees, watch the new bee documentary on Netflix called Rotten. It’s all about corruption in the food world and how China has been exporting fake honey to the United States hurting the honey maker businesses of America.

I traded my apricot jam for honey with a guy I went to high school with named Dan West who owns Given Gold Jewelers in Oakland. He had posted his honey on Facebook so I decided I’d give it a try. I think we will be exchanging these delicious specialties forever so I don’t have to worry about getting a fake honey product.

Try this honey oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookie recipe. You won’t go back to your old standby cookie recipe ever again.

And don’t be shy. Follow my blog for more great recipes.

Teri:)

Chewy Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C. Unsalted Butter room temp

2 C granulated Sugar

2 T Local Honey

2 Eggs

2 t Vanilla

2 C.  sifted Flour

2 t Maldon Salt

1 t ground cinnamon

1 t ground ginger

½ t ground cloves

1 ½ t Baking Soda

1 1/2 C Quaker Oats (Not quick cooking)

3/4 C Fiber One Cereal

½ C mixed jumbo raisins (found at Trader Joes) soak in almond syrup or extract

½ C shredded or flaked coconut

1 ½ C bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips (good quality like Callebeaut or Ghirardelli)

1 C chopped walnuts

www.letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com

Honey Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place softened butter, sugar, honey, and vanilla into the mixer. Cream ingredients on low speed until incorporated. Add 1 egg at a time scraping bowl between mixing.

Sift flour with salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and baking soda until combined. While mixer is on low, add flour mixture, oats, coconut, Fiber One Cereal, chocolate chips, and walnuts until combined.

Scoop whatever size cookie you prefer onto sheet pan lined with paper or onto a silpat, leaving a little space between each cookie.

Bake 10-15 minutes.

https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com

The best honey oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie recipe

Enjoy!

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: