Monday, April 20, 2009

All Natural Oatmeal Cookies

Watch as Patty teaches how to make oatmeal cookies with all natural ingredients, the best part is these delicious treats are low in fat and high in fiber, not only will they cure any craving for cookies, they wont add to your waist line!

  • 1 cup whole oats

  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup chopped dates (you can substitute with raisins or dried cranberries if you'd like.)

  • 1 tsp. dried stevia - If you don't have stevia you can use 3/4 cup of brown sugar, or an artificial sweetener.

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 cup applesauce - The applesauce is to replace butter, or oil.

  • 1/2 tsp. Tahitian Ground Vanilla

  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup walnuts


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Mix together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, Tahitian ground, cinnamon, and dried stevia, add applesauce, dates and walnuts. When all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, roll into 1 inch balls, you may use the bottom of a cup to flatten cookies so that are in the traditional cookie shape or keep them in a fun ball shape as we did. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet, bake for 10-12 minutes, let cool for 10-15 minutes then enjoy!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hot Cross Cross Buns

This is one of my all time favorite Easter recipe traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
Hot Cross Buns:

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
1/4 cup white sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup dried currants
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons milk

Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.
When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till double.
Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.
Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
To make crosses: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Brush an X on each cooled bun.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

French Corner Cafe

While Patty and Eric were in California for the Southern Califoria IFT Suppliers Night they couldn't resist stopping in and visiting the French Corner Cafe in Palm Desert, CA. They have been ordering vanilla beans from us for quite some time, their pasteries taste as good as they look! This is a place that is worth stopping in and having a taste of their wonderful food. For more information on their menu and services visit their website