Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Granola Bars

Sorry for the delay. Below is the recipe I have done the way I did it. It is very hard for me to adherer to any recipe, I am a scientist by heart.

1 Cup Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
2 teaspoons Vanilla

Combine and add

3 Cups Oats - I like Quaker
1/2 Cup Craisins
1/3 Cup Wheat Germ
2 Teaspoons Sesame Seeds
1 Cup of a chocolate chip mix (Butter Scotch, Vanilla and Chocolate)
1 Cup Rice Chrispies

Other suggested add-ins
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Coconut
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Mix everything.

Use a 9 x 13 pan which I have sprayed with cooking spray. Put it in the pan and press down. This makes the bar stiff like the ones we buy.

Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.

Cut while hot, its much easier than sawing later. Let them harden and then I put them in snack sized bags.

Other suggested add-ins
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Coconut
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fruit Leather and Granola Bars

I canned 40 quarts of apple sauce and got tired of just eating it out of the jar.

Searching the Internet I found a recipe.

Any pointers are made because I found out what not to do.

This the batch I started at 8am with 2 quarts between the 3 pans. This is after 3 hours in a barely turned on oven, less than 200 degrees. My plastic wrap fell over so you see the results of the not dried edges. I rolled them over so they should be ok in a couple hours.

Anna helped me get these in before school. I asked if she wanted some apple sauce in her lunch and she said she preferred hers roasted.

  1. Take a jelly roll pan - cookie pan with slight edges. I just picked up a 3 pack of Wilton ones at Joann's for $7 with my 50% off coupon. Make sure its completely dry or the wrap will melt to the pan.
  2. Line it with a piece of plastic wrap. Trim edges so they don't burn on the rack or edges of the oven. You get smoke if you don't and a bad smell.
  3. Pour in a jar of apple sauce 1/8 inch deep. You can mix in a blender other fruits too. If the plastic folds over that part may not ever dry.
  4. Put in oven at warm - less than 200 F for 6-8 hours. If its too think you will never dry out the underside. Too thin and you burn.
  5. When the fruit leather is ready, you can easily peel it up from the plastic wrap. Cut in strips with a pizza cutter. I cut them into tiny pieces and Lilly likes to eat them. To store it, roll it in its plastic wrap, put it in an airtight container. I put them in a zip lock bag. You can wrap them singularly for lunches too.
Tomorrow I will be making and posting about granola bars. I need the pans i am using on the leather. I also need the oven twice as hot which would burn the fruit right now.