today, i moved two recipes i bookmarked
from my “recipe” folder
into my “made” folder.
the first one is a remake:
homemade peanut butter! (again)
after reading this recipe, i was convinced
that what had gone wrong last time was
simply that i didn’t process it long enough.
so this time i persevered
and the oils in the peanuts finally released.
i admit, i was about ready to give up again:
i bought my own shelled peanuts, maybe half a pound?
then i attempted to de-skin them
by blanching them first.
as they cooled, the skin got harder to peel off.
after about 20 minutes of attempting to peel
(successfully peeled about… twenty)
i gave up and tossed them into a big bowl
added a few huge sprinklings of salt
tossed it around like dressing a salad
then put them onto a baking sheet
and popped them into the oven.
(i love saying that. POP into the oven,
poppy pop pop into the oven
poppy poppalicious poppy pop pop!
yeah, i don’t know what that was either.)
i toasted them for about 20 minutes.
stirred them 3, 4 times.
…i burnt my peanuts a little.
i think that what i need to work on is
watching my oven. i think the temperatures
are a little high.
(that said, there are no temperature markers
on the little knob. makes things a little
difficult, to be honest.)
anyway, i POPPED my peanuts into my blendtec
(there was about double the amount of peanuts
in the blender this time, maybe about
2.5 cups of peanuts?)
and pulsed away!
at first they became powder
and then became hot clumps
(hot, because they had just been roasted.
i think that played a part as well.)
then, i added in a good tablespoon of sugar
pulsed some more
added a little more sugar
and yes, the flavour was perfect
(ish, because all i could taste, really, was…
a little bit of burntness,
a big of sweet and salty,
and a fragrant nutty finish.)
and then i blended it some more
and then i noticed that…
they weren’t clumping up against the sides anymore.
they were clumping up, but then they fell back down
to the center.
i was excited.
this meant that it was liquid and buttery enough
to move around in that sort of…
well, peanut buttery state!
i pulsed it some more, then added in the reserved peanuts
to make a sort of chunky peanut butter.
and that was it!
i was very excited.
so was my grandma.
i had made peanut butter!
i’ll never buy skippy again. yuck.
oh, but in the middle of my happiness, i decided to make:
i added chocolate chips.
they are divine.
they have this beautiful crispy crust
and a gooey, sticky bottom.
i think they turned out a little sweet, though.
maybe because i added chocolate chips.
baking tip: when baking bar-like things like:
line your pan with foil and allow the foil
to hang over the edges of the pan.
this way, when you take it out of the pan
they don’t stick
and once they cool
it’s incredibly easy to cut and remove them.
lessons learned today:
- watch the oven! watch it like a hawk.
- reduce the sugar in recipes when you add sweets like chocolate chips or dried fruit.
- the edge pieces are the best. even my grandma knew so.
- be patient when making nut butters. heating them beforehand helps, too.
all-in-all, today was actually a rather
productive slash relaxing day.
(not exactly productive because all i did was make a list
but it’s a beginning, right?)
(sort of. i’m ignoring the fact my eating was abnormal today.)
Have you ever made blondies? Would you prefer them to brownies? What other little tricks do you have for baking/cooking?