I’ve been in the arctic for over 6 weeks now. Mom sent me a care package not too long after I got here with mostly chocolate and a few ingredients hard to find or expensive here. She also sent a magazine and special ingredients to accomplish some recipes.
Last week I made those cookies. They are very delicious and a perfect snack to bring flying providing a lot of energy during those long flights.
First mix :
- 2 cups of oat meal
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Wisk in a another bowl:
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of maple sirup
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I just used normal and cheap yogurt)
- 1/2 cup of almond milk (I used normal milk)
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the liquids and add:
- 1/2 cup of pecans ( I didn’t have any so I used dark chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (that mom placed in my care package)
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (placed as well by mom in my care package)
Bake in big cookies at 350 F for about 18-20 min.
Thanks mom for this amazing idea!!!!
Mamy’s best cold cake!
Don’t ask me why we call it cold cake in french… but it is the direct translation! Maybe you can help me, what would you call them in English?
Like the dominos, they are one of my weaknesses. A small bite of softness, melting in your mouth with a hint of coffee! I’m sure this is all they eat in heaven!
It is very easy to do, and it keeps well in the freezer while waiting a couple weeks for your guests!
Simply follow these few steps:
- Crush into crumbs 40 tea cookies by first placing all the cookies in a big ziploc bag,
- Gather some accumulated frustration and use a rolling pin as a tool to crumb the cookies,
Mix it all in a bowl with:
- 1 lbs of icing sugar… a little over 2 cups
- 3/4 of a cup of strong brewed coffee
- 1 yolk …. the yellow part of the egg
- 3 tablespoons of coco powder
- some butter… Mamy says has big as the yolk in size
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Push down into a large 9 X 9 Pirex container with the back of a spoon to compact well and give a smooth surface on top. Be patient, it will be sticking to the spoon!
Refrigerate at least an hour before attempting to cut it into squares or what ever shape you feel like!
Some people call them Nanaimo bars but in my family we call them Dominos! Anyhow they are one of my favorite sweets and I have been making them since I was a little child!
They are very easy to make, although they require some time as they have 3 separate layers. You can surely do them a few days or a couple weeks ahead and keep them in the freezer.
I love to play with food coloring for the middle to create some fantasy. I make them early before Christmas, store them in the freezer until I gather friends and family at home for a lovely dinner.
Here how to make them:
For the bottom layer mix well together:
- 1/2 cup of melted butter,
- 1/4 cup of sugar,
- 1/3 of a cup of coco powder,
- 1 egg,
- 1 1/2 cup of crushed graham cookies and
- 1 cup of coconut.
Push all the mixture down at the bottom of a 9 X 9 Pirex plate with the back of spoon to flatten the surface. Place in the fridge at least 30 min to let it cool down.
While waiting, start the middle icing. Mix well together
- 1/4 cup of butter,
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla pudding mix powder and
- 2 cups of icing sugar
I add some food coloring to make it green in the middle, last year I made it red… Just for fun because I am still very young in my heart!
Spread the icing on top of the first layer carefully no to make crumbs into the icing and replace in the fridge another 30 min.
Finally, melt and spread the chocolate layer on top of the squares:
- 3 oz of chocolate chip with
- 1 tablespoon of butter
You can melt it slowly in the microwave at 50% intensity or on a very low temperature stove for a few minutes. Be careful it is very easy to burn chocolate, being patient is my best advice…. thrust me!
The harder part in my opinion is to cut those into small squares without the chocolate braking into pieces. Again use a sharp knife and maybe when the chocolate is well cooled down but still close to room temperature slowly cut them into small squares.
Happy holidays Folks!