September 04, 2008

Processor Pizza

Hm. Mom gave me her food processor, so I figured I'd try using it for pizza dough. I also shredded a huge block of cheese and froze it in little bags for later use.

It's MUCH faster to make pizza dough with the food processor. About 5 minutes, all told. It makes a lot less mess, too. All the flour is contained, so it can't poof everywhere. Also, the dough doesn't seem to stick to the plastic container as much as it does with the metal bowl of the stand mixer - even though sticky, you can kinda jerk out out of the bowl.

The downside? without the long kneading with the dough hook in the stand mixer, the final pizza crust isn't as elastic and chewy. So... I'm not sure if I'll keep doing it with the processor.

Posted by JAY at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

Recipe: Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

My sister found these cookies on RecipeZaar. I like them a lot because they have great texture - no less than 3 textural elements - coconut and oats add a resilient chew while rice crispies give a light crunchiness.

This recipe uses shortening instead of butter - so make sure that you buy a 'reformulated' brand that doesn't use partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans-fats). The new ones use fully hydrogenated oils (which are much like saturated fats - not good for you, but not killer like trans-fats) and soften them by blending with liquid oils. If you read the nutrition label, there should be well under 1g of trans-fats per serving. The older shortening will usually have 4+ grams of trans-fats Crisco seems fine, but most store brands are still partially hydrogenated.

1 cup shortening (get the new, non-trans-fat shortening - check the label)
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)

mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F (330F with convection)

Beat the shortening with both sugars till fluffy, then add the eggs and the extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt. Then add it to the stuff above and mix more.

Lower the speed to a stir and mix in the oats, coconut and puffed rice cereal.

Stir in a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips by hand if you like.

Roll into 1" balls and flatten slightly on a parchment lined sheet pan.

Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Posted by JAY at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2008

Congrats!

Official announcement from Trev
Just writing to tell everyone that on Sept 18th at 8:32am Sienna Vanderwal was born. She's 8 pounds 3 ounces and 50cm tall. Mother and baby are both doing well and will likely be back home on saturday or sunday.

Posted by JAY at 11:50 AM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2008

Visiting Sienna

Went to Trev and Rucell's to drop off a whack of food. Hopefully it'll ease some workload over the next few days while they acclimate to having a 4 person family! Sienna's is tiny and has a surprisingly full head of hair. Mostly, though, she eats and sleeps. Riley trusts me now, enough that he conked out with me holding him and I put him to bed.

Posted by JAY at 08:54 PM | Comments (0)