Tuesday, 19 August 2008

TWD: Granola Grabbers


I've been missing from TWD events for close to two months. It was partly due to my move to SA, with all of my stuffs packed and shipped, I was unable to do any baking at all. But when I finally received a small part of my baking equipments via air freight 3 weeks ago, I was still unable to take part because the recipes chosen then called for some tools that I've not receive.

Speaking of which, in spite of the fact that this is already my 5th week in SA, I've not receive the majority of my stuffs that were shipped via sea freight yet. I can't start my normal life without the rest of my cooking utensils, my books and my shoes! Yeah, I made a mistake of shipping my shoes via sea freight and I'm now stucked with just a pair of shoes. I can't express enough how frustrated I am with my current situation!

Enough of my ranting, back to TWD. I simply love the recipe chosen for this week, it's called granola grabbers and it has got such a great variety of ingredients in it. The main ingredient in the original recipe is, of course granola, other than that, it has raisins, dessicated coconut, salted peanuts, almond and wheat germ. I replaced the almonds with chopped pistachios and instead of wheat germ which I couldn't find here, I used wheat flour. With such a combination of ingredients, the cookies are so yummy that I can't find a reason not to like it. I baked these cookies last night and I was munching non-stop right after every batch was out from the oven. Since I woke up this morning, I've been suffering from a severe sore throat. Urgh!

Granola Grabbers Recipe
(Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours)

Ingredients:
3 cups granola without fruits
3/4 cups raisins
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/3 cup wheat germ (I used wheat flour)
1/2 cup slivered almonds (I used chopped pistachios)
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup plain flour


Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 375 deg F.
2) Put the granola in a large bowl and break up any clumps with fingers. Add raisins, peanuts, almonds, coconut and wheat germ and mix together.
3) Using an electric mixer, turn to medium speed and beat butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat for another 3 minutes.
4) Add the egg and salt and beat until well blended.
5) Reduce mixer speed to low, add the flour and mix just until incorporated.
6) Using a rubber spatula, mix the granola mixture into the batter until well combined.
7) Scoop out tablespoons of the dough, pack the scoops between your palms and arrange them on the baking sheets, leaving 1 1/5-inch between them. Flatten the dough slightly with the back of a spoon.
8) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.
9) Allow the cookies to rest for 1 to 2 minutes before transferrin them to racks to cool to room temperature.

20 Comments:

CB said...

Oh man! You poor thing with only 1 set of shoes. I need my shoes! Note to self: do not sea-freight shoes. Glad you were able to do a little baking though. Get well from that sore throat soon.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

The Food Librarian said...

These look fantastic. Glad you can cook a bit (perhaps barefoot)? Hope you feel better soon. Great photos!

~Kimberly said...

Oh...poor thing. I hate being without my kitchen essentials and being deprived of baking! Your cookies look great!

Teanna said...

Sorry you are going through such a rough time! Those delicious looking cookies must get you through!

Rebecca said...

Not your books AND your shoes! ARRRRRGH!!!!!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

has all that granola scratched your throat?? sorry to hear about your freight situation...i remember how long it took (and the customs process) to get all my stuff from the US to australia, and how annoying it was.

SiHaN said...

DOn't think its a good idea to pop so many of those granola grabbers given their high butter content. But then again.. they must be irresistible!

Engineer Baker said...

Suckiness with the moving thing, but welcome back to TWD! It's nice to see your fabulous pictures again.

The DeL Sisters said...

cute little colors in them:-) Great idea!

Erin said...

These look great! I know how the moving thing is- I just moved a couple months ago and it was a pain, especially when I didn't have my kitchen stuff. Your picture is absolutely beautiful!

didally said...

It must be so frustrating not to have your tools with you. Just one pair of shoes?? I feel sorry for you.

Your granola grabbers look delicious and erm, heaty too. lol

I just got this cookbook. Still not sure if I should join in TWD as well, cos i am still very novice in baking.

Jessica Eiden said...

I am feeling my own moving woes....

Your picture is adorable - great job with the cookies.

Stardust said...

What fabulous cookies!! Oh dear, I can't resist them too, but I'll always make sure that my bakes are cooled. Hope your poor throat heal soon.

Gee... one pair of shoe... don't let your doggie see them. =P Summon the wind, expedite the sail! Woosh... =P

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Moving is such a bother, I totally feel for you. You took a beautiful picture though, and I love the new look of your blog!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

Nice new look and nice food here! Superb!

Pamela said...

Wow...just one pair of shoes?? That's enough to make me eat a cookie, since I feel so BAD for you. Really, it must be so difficult to not have the things you need. Your cookies look delicious, and I like the flecks of green from the pistachios. Hope your sore throat is gone SOON!

carmen said...

welcome back to TwD! Your cookies look lovely. Sorry about your sore throat - take care of yourself and feel better soon!

Jules Someone said...

Uh oh. I hope the rest of your kitchen arrives soon! Nice looking cookies.

LyB said...

Oh, dear, I hope your stuff gets there soon. It's tough enough moving, you need your kitchen stuff, and your shoes! Meanwhile, those cookies look delicious, and I ate quite a few right out of the oven myself! :)

BumbleVee said...

I wonder where the actual recipe for granola grabbers is? can we try this? I looked on the TWD site and can't figure out at all how to find any of the recipes...

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