Because everyone wants to think about food and baking today!!
I've been baking off and on these past couple of weeks, trying to make a dent in the Whole Grain Baking cookbook project.
Only one of these projects was a contribution to yesterday's feast. Light-as-air Lime Pie (p. 469):
It is not just my mediocre photography that makes this look kinda ho-hum.
It looked kinda ho-hum.
Good flavor, though, except for the crust. A bunch of the crusts in this book include rolled oats, ground in a food processor. I find that these crusts are too fragile and don't look terribly pretty once they're baked up. I have better luck, although not screaming great luck, with using an equivalent amount of oat flour (which tends to get more finely ground) instead.
And in this particular recipe, the crust ends up being undercooked when the filling is done. I would recommend par-baking the crust before adding the filling.
Other recipes went somewhat better.
This is Buttermilk-Rye Bread (p. 59), a simple stir-together bread. I don't generally care for non-sweet breads with a muffiny texture, but this was nice enough.
A little crumbly, but it went nicely with the soup I was making (African Peanut Stew
), and the guys devoured it for breakfast the next morning. So, relative success.
Another relative success: Lemon-Oat Squares (p. 365).
It uses sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice in between a couple layers of a streusely oat mixture. Nice enough. Got devoured fast enough. Not necessarily on my Must Make Again list, though.
Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins (p. 546) were very
Standard, straightforward muffin recipe, except that it uses all whole wheat flour. The texture was soft and light, and though the grittiness from the whole wheat was noticeable, it wasn't at all unpleasant.
And another granola recipe: Cinnamon-Nut Granola (p. 27).
All the granola recipes in the book are good, but this one is rather nut-and-fruit-heavy. If you like your granola on the decadent side, or if you're taking this along on a hike, this might be a good recipe for you. I usually prefer more oats and less fun (and expensive) stuff, just to keep the price and the total calorie count down. But the flavor was very nice.
So, there we go! Who's hungry?
And what are you doing with your leftovers? (Leftovers are my favorite part of Thanksgiving.)