A creation emerges?
May 19, 2011 11:02 pm
Updated: May 20, 2011 6:55 pm
Evening, all. I've spent the last two hours looking at my binders of favorite recipes... well, and some I've yet to make. Guess I could start pulling some of them! Then again, I did save them for some reason or another! After that little endeaver,
I took a long look at the recipes I chose for the bar cookies the other day... Not pleased with the time it took to make the topping (as I made it,) I've decided to share (ok, PRETEND) that I used the alternate... IF I ever make this again, I will try the
alternate... but frankly that's a pretty big "IF" in the long run... Now, come to think of it, I wonder if anyone has posted a similar rec. here at AR... never dawned on me to check!
So, here's what I did in a nutshell: Baked the cookie base, using flour, sugar, butter, and a hint of almond extract. Once it had adequately cooled, I made the filling of a can of almond paste (why did I ever buy THAT?) adding to it sugar, chopped apricots
and some apricot preserves, cream cheese, eggs and lemon juice. (What, I'm not our of lemon juice YET?) Baked that till what I thought was set, but after eating another "bar" a while ago, I've decided to refrigerate the pan, rather than leave at room temp.
Once the filling had cooled, I melted white choc. morsels with heavy cream, spread that on top, sprinkled with sliced almonds, and let it all sit till hours later. (Truth? I made the topping of chips and butter... took forever to melt and blend!)
In the end, they turned out pretty tastey... I'm just not sure how often I'm going to toddle down the baking isle looking for almond paste. I imagaine if I put my thinking cap on, I could come up with an alternate filling, also, but for now, I'll leave it
all be as is!
As for today, I truly did NOTHING that I had hoped to... I did not change the bedding on my bed, I did not sweep and mop the bedroom floor, nor did I get to the grocery... wasn't I just there? Many of the coupons I wish to use expire the 21st, and as I won't
be home... guess I'll have to get moving tomorrow, and get that chore done... AGAIN!
Dinner was a hurried fix of scalloped potatoes and ham with creamed corn on the side. I managed to partially micro cook to save some time... without them boiling over for once! Perhaps another portion of my binder cookbooks, a section on micro cooking some
of the trickier dishes, anyway. It's only been the last year or so that I realized many dishes need full power zap for a few in the beginning, then reduced power for the reaminder of cooking time. Probably doesn't help either, that the book I use as a reference
is probably 40 yrs old, and written for far less wattage ovens than my current 1100 W !! I have a newer book, unfortunately it has been little more than useless for much of what I want to do with the micro! Regardless, I do as I can, and repeat (as I can
remember, anyway,) as I've done in the past for dishes I've succeeded in producing.
Well, all, having just taken a look at the clock, I'm guessing that I really should be thinking about turning in soon, once the meds are taken, the lights all turned out... yada, yada, yada!
remember, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!