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Experimental Frozen Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Towards the end of May I baked some delightfully chewy, not overly sweet, Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies, courtesy of “The Clever Cook“, by Lucy Doncaster.  The first batch made a lot of cookies, roughly four dozen, but it wasn’t quite enough for what I was baking for.  Two full batches would’ve been far too many so on a whim I halved the second batch, put one half in the fridge to chill for an hour before baking, and put the other half in the freezer.

There are general rules to follow about freezing cookie dough with respect to what ingredients you should and shouldn’t freeze.  I don’t happen to know what those rules are, I just know that they’re out there, and I didn’t bother to look them up before freezing the Oat Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.  Thus, this became an experiment!

To prepare the dough for the freezer I formed it into a roll, imagining myself slicing off even portions and placing them straight onto a lined baking sheet, much like the pre-made cookie dough you can often find in the same aisle of the supermarket that has biscuits and other pastry dough in ready-to-go tubes.  I then carefully wrapped the roll in a couple of layers of plastic wrap, being mindful to push as much air out as possible, and popped it in the freezer.  Two months and a couple of days later I took the dough out and put it in the fridge to thaw for 48 hours before the unwrapping and baking began.

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Experimental


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Experimental Hypo-allergenic Nanaimo Bars

First things first, many thanks to Leanne at Healthful Pursuit for this recipe, which I followed in substance if not exactly to the letter.  Before moving to Canada I’d never heard of nanaimo bars but I wish I’d encountered them a long time ago.  I put them somewhere between a chocolate bar and a brownie, with great potential for versatility on flavor, and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to take a shot at making my own.

The other thing they have great potential for is hitting various points for allergic or otherwise preferential dietary choices.  The original recipe hit raw, vegan (and thus dairy-free), gluten-free, and no refined sugar, which is a remarkable feat, but I decided to take a swing at going for five points and added nut-free to the list.

The end result needs some work, but hey, that’s why I’m calling this one experimental!

Close-up on Nanaimo Bars

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Baking, Experimental


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