October Baking good for foodies

The Foodie Column for October 1

By T. Myers

Can October be a better than average month for baking? YES! Because it gets cooler and there is still a lot of daylight where you are working hard to get ready for fall and winter- burning off the calories like crazy- well just when you need a good cookie- it is the right time to bake ‘em up!

 

I just love using some of the newer dried fruits- especially the dried sour cherries and I came up with a great recipe for Cherry Oatmeal Chews and with the addition of chocolate chips and chopped walnuts or pecans- OMG they are great!

Recipe:

2 cups white sugar

1 cup of butter, cream together and add

2 eggs and beat well

1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 teas salt and 1 teaspoon soda go into the wet ingredients. Beat well.

Add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup dried cherries and 2 cups of oats. You can stop now but 6 oz. chocolate chips and ¾ cup chopped nuts make these perfect!

Beat together and scoop out into 3 oz. balls and bake on a sheet of six (they spread. For 14 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove to a rack for cooling. These will keep for days, freeze for months or get eaten as soon as they are tasted! It is a chewy cookie because of the sugar.

Cookie basics?

1 cup sugar, 1 cup butter or shortening, 2 eggs, 2 cups of flour, salt, soda and flavorings are the basics. Add a little spice for a spice cookie, add nuts and coconut and dried pineapple for a Hawaiian cookie, add chocolate chips for a good cc cookie, lemon flavoring and a little lemon zest makes these cookies a citrus favorite. Add more flour and roll out for cut out cookies. Add more sugar for chewy cookies, more eggs for cakelike cookies, add more flour for harder cookies. It is up to you. Just bake at 350 for 10 minutes when the ball of dough is the size of a walnut, more or less for different sizes and cool on racks for best results.

It is also a great time for tea tasting.

What do you drink now- an orange pekoe tea like Lipton’s is an all-time favorite. You might want to try a green tea for a grassier and earthier cup. The fermented black teas offer a different taste. There are Indian and Chinese types of teas and you can get an assorted box of different teas at nearly every grocery store. A real connoisseur will try to visit a tea shop and try blends and flavored offerings just for fun. Portland offers a few tea shops that are online; Hawthorne Teas is my favorite. They will package up an assortment and try the California gold with a hint of apricot and orange!

One of my fall favorites is the constant comment tea with spices and orange undertones- made even better with a touch of sugar, you cannot go wrong!

 

Have a good day baking and Bon Appetit!

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