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Lacy Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
We all enjoy a sweet treat but one that is loaded with healthy ingredients and has great flavor is definitely ideal. Susanne suggests scooping these cookies while the dough is soft and fairly liquid so that the cookies spread out and are almost like Florentine’s in texture. The recipe makes 3 dozen and trust me, hide some as they will disappear in record time.
1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
¾ cup oat flour (rolled oats can be pulverized in the food processor until fine)
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 cup nuts, walnuts, pecans or almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup brown rice syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Heat the oven in the Convection mode 325 ℉. Line two flat cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Place the rolled oats, flour, salt, baking soda, nuts and chocolate chips in a large bowl and mix together. In a smaller bowl combine, oil, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and vanilla and whisk together.Stir the wet ingredients into the dry.
Scoop the dough with a tablespoon cookie scoop and place the mounds at least 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets so they have room to spread while baking. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until crisp. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and continue baking.
Variations: Add lemon zest, orange zest, crystalized ginger or dried fruit.
Makes 30 - 36 cookies
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.
1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher