Baking sunday

In the sense of the cooking not the weather!

So today I decided first of all to make some carrot cake cookies. Partly because I had some carrot, and some icing left over from making carrot cakes the other day. Also I had a delish one at downtown Disney a while back, and have been looking for a recipe for ages. Well, in the end I made my own! I adapted a recipe from Bake that was for oatmeal raisin cookies.

So here is my very own recipe:

It made about 30 mini cookies, and I have frozen about half as it made so many!

Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

Put 50g raisins in a cup/ small bowl and soak with hot water/ orange juice.

Cream together 50g butter and 60g apple sauce, then add 200g soft brown sugar, beat until light and fluffy.

Add one egg andΒ some vanilla extract, beat together.

Then add in 250g oats, and 110g flour (I used wholegrain spelt plus a tsp baking powder).

Then stir in 100g grated carrot and the raisins (minus the water) and mix gently together.

Put blobs of dough on a baking sheet (no need to grease or line) and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden.

Leave to cool on the racks before moving to a wire rack to cool.

Optional- ice with cream cheese icing (this stuff had orange juice in it).

They taste kind of like flapjacks, and are not quite like the one I had, but they are very tasty. πŸ™‚

I also used my ice cream maker for the first time since Christmas (have to wait til there is space in the freezer for it) to make some chocolate peanut butter ice cream from the Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream book!Β  I love PB ice cream but I never see it in the UK so I was pretty excited! I am not keen on making real custard with eggs and such, so I used the sweet cream base, which was condensed milk and single cream. You also had to melt a little bit of chocolate with some milk, whisk it all up, and then stir in a little smooth PB at the end. My, it was amazing! Almost as good as thr stuff from the B&J shops in USA, or so I was told! It even looked like real ice cream too!

This is what we had for dessert after Sunday tea, and it was good!

Aside from that I have not been up to much- went for a nice long walk, bought another cardi in gap (they are good for work), and spent most of the evening laughing and chatting with family- good times indeed!

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4 thoughts on “Baking sunday”

  1. That ice cream looks gorgeous!

    The nutritional yeast is similar to marmite nutritionally but it tastes nothing like it. People seem to describe it as cheesy and nutty but I only really taste the cheese in it!

    1. The nutritional yeast sounds interesting; I do love marmite but in small quantities, plus I like cheese on top of things so I may have to look out for it. May be a healthier replacement than a spinkling of cheese on dinner!

  2. OMH, carrot cake cookies *and* pb ice cream! Would I love to come to your house for tea and cakes! πŸ˜€ I have to admit though that I’m one of those people who can’t make too many baked goods, otherwise I end up eating a bit of everything every day and getting rather squishy round the edges.. πŸ™

    1. Well this is why I bake them for everyone else (and still log it all in WLR!)- otherwise I too would be very squidgy!
      I love having people over for tea and cakes πŸ™‚

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