Friday, December 19, 2008

Introducing Baxter the Baker

'ello, may I introduce m'self, I'm Baxter the Baker. The lads are bit busy now, what with all the snow that's comin' down so they can't be here to introduce me right and proper.

For sure, I'm a Brit but I've lived in places all round the world what with servin' in the Queen's own an' all. You know all those places on the map that were pink, that the Royals like to think is still there's, thinkin' that a visit now and again is gonna' keep the locals happy.

I do all the baking around here and today we're gonna' make something a little different. One of the lads forgot his banana in his locker and it's a tad overripe. The lads were callin' him a wanker but we can't be usin' names like that here, now can we? So we'll use it up in our recipe. No worries. Yep lived in Australia too, mate.

Baxter's Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The Stuff
1 overripe banana
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup oatmeal

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and cinnamon with a stiff stainless steel fork.

In a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup, mix the olive oil, sugar and egg with that same fork. We like olive oil instead of butter or margarine because it mixes a lot easier and is healthier to boot.

Break up the banana with your hands and put it into the liquid mixture. Add the baking soda. Stir the whole mess up with the fork.

Now slowly add the liquid stuff to the dry stuff and stir it with the fork. Stir in the raisins and then the oats.

Use the fork to drop a ball of cookie dough onto Pierre's Pizza Pan. Remember it's non-stick. Leave some room so you don't end up with one big cookie.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

Repeat the cookie dough ceremony and oven door slamming until all the dough is used up. Since you're using the same pan, reduce your cooking time a litttle each time because the pan is still warm.

...don't forget the oven mitts!

...try not to eat them all before they cool


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