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 and 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. đŸ™‚

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!  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!