Crispy Oatmeal Cookies – Making the Best of Such on Your First Try

crispy oatmeal cookies

I am the only person I know who likes crispy cookies.

I have been studying ways of making crispy cookies and I would say that my biggest discovery is to make cookies by using granulated sugar. It appears that yellow sugar or brown sugar will likely give cookies a softer texture.

Like many of you, being a food enthusiast, I often search for new recipes online and see if I can make the best version of such and such. I wonder if what I am about to share is just common sense in the world of food enthusiasts (I hate stating the obvious, so please forgive me if it is). Instead of trying out a few of different recipes and see which one is the best, what I do every time I try to make something I’ve never made before is to compare a number of recipes of the same dish, combine or take out a few things, take some mental notes and then begin. Compare the similarities and the dissimilarities. Usually, by reading a few number of recipes, you will get to see what are the essential ingredients and what can be without. What needs to be done before what is extremely important. If you read through the steps and have a pretty good understanding of the process of making any particular dish, even if you’ve never made it before, the failure rate would be drastically lowered. If you are a picky eater like me, this tip can be a life-saver. I really don’t like wasting food and I really really don’t like eating stuff that doesn’t taste good, not even if it’s something I made.

crispy oatmeal cookies

I went through about 20 different recipes and decided to go with the following 2:

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/dishing/2013/04/the_fabulous_oa.html
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/thin-and-crispy-oatmeal-cookies/

Here’s how it looks when they are side by side:

crispy oatmeal cookies recipe

The two recipes look fairly similar, though one claims to yield 4 dozen and the other one claims 2…

Here’s what I get out of using the two recipes together:

  • Baking power, chocolate chips and raisins can be included or can also be left out
  • Follow whichever one when it comes to the proportions of butter v.s. flour; you can adjust the amount of flour during the process, see if your dough is too wet or too dry but keep the amount between 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup
  • Adjust the proportion of brown sugar v.s. granulated sugar to your liking, but brown sugar and granulated sugar should add up to an amount between 1 1/4 cup to 1 3/4

Voila! Make them exactly the way you like them even if it’s something you’ve never made before. Mine were very crispy, not dry, with lots of raisin and a little bit of chocolate chips, exactly how I wanted them to be.

 

 

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Nothing Much, Just Two Very Similar Banana Bread Recipes Here

Banana Bread Recipe #1 a.k.a. Curtis’s Banana Bread
http://recipes.coles.com.au/recipes/2333/curtis-banana-bread/

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 cups Caster Sugar
2 large Eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 large Ripe Bananas, mashed
2 tbsp Natural Yogurt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Walnuts, toasted and chopped

Steps

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
Grease and line base of a large 13.5cm x 23.5cm loaf pan.

Beat eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer or with electric beaters on medium-high speed for 10 minutes, or until very thick and pale and the mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted. Reduce speed to low and beat in the oil in a steady stream. Mix in the vanilla and yoghurt and then the walnuts.

Add the bananas.

Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl and pour wet mixture onto the dry mixture, folding gently but thoroughly.

Pour mixture into pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean when tested.

Cool in pan briefly then turn out onto a rack to cool.


Banana Bread Recipe #2 a.k.a. Flour’s Famous Banana Bread
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/flours-famous-banana-bread-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs 1/2 cup oil 3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Steps pretty much the same as the one above.

Wedding Thank-you Note Wording

We love every each one of them, but trying to come up with heartfelt messages can be such a daunting task. Below are links that I find very useful in help getting the job done.

Examples of how to title the envelops:
http://weddings.about.com/od/invitations/a/How-To-Address-Your-Wedding-Invitations.htm

Examples of thank-you note wording for bridal party:
http://www.thank-you-note-examples-wording-ideas.com/bridesmaid-thank-you.html

Examples of thank-you note wording for best man:
http://www.thank-you-note-examples-wording-ideas.com/thank-you-notes-for-wedding.html

Examples of thank-you note wording for guests who attended the wedding:
http://preciousinvitations.com/sample-wedding-invitations-wording/149-sample-wording-thank-you-cards.html

Examples of thank-yous note wording for guests who did not attend:
http://newlyweds.about.com/od/WeddingThankYouCards/a/Wedding-Thank-You-Cards-Etiquette_2.htm

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在這個世界全球化的過程中,越來越多的人的另一半是「外國人」。另一半是外國人的華人中,有些人選擇中式的婚禮,有些人選擇西式的婚禮。大部份的新郎跟新娘在完成終身大事的日子都是穿著白紗和西裝,鳳冠霞帔已經非常地罕見。那中式和西式有哪些不一樣呢?我整理成以下三大點:

  1. 迎娶跟Yes, I do

迎娶應該是中式婚禮跟西式婚禮中最大的差異。為了籌備在台灣的婚禮,我把華人的習俗融會貫通了。一直以來我個人對於華人的婚禮儀式比較不能接受的就是男方把女方迎娶回家這件事。尤其是在台灣,女方的媽媽最後還得潑水的習俗真的很沒辦法接受。潑水這個儀式,應該是對於媽媽在心態上的調適有所幫助,畢竟女兒終究是要離開原生家庭,建立一個自己的家。然而,「嫁出去的女兒,潑出去的水」的概念….是把女兒跟水比較嗎?水會蒸發!女兒會回來!

不好意思,離題了。但簡單的來說,在華人的世界裡,當男方排除萬難地將女方迎娶至自己家裡,女方從此之後就成為自己的妻子了。而在西方的世界裡,「你願不願意娶某某某為妻?」和「妳願不願意嫁給某某某?」才是在眾人(和上帝)面前合約成立的瞬間。

2. 婚禮前後的活動

華人世界的大小禮聘和喜餅之類在西式的婚禮過程裡是沒有的。取而代之的是女方的女性親友為即將出嫁的新娘舉辦的Brial Shower。前來參加的女性親友們會準備禮物,據說目的是讓婚禮能夠更順利的進行。除此之外,剩下的應該就是眾所皆知的「單身派對」,給新人們一個最後一次做也許在婚後不是那麼妥當的事的機會。

3. 送禮的方式

大部份華人以外的人,應該都很難理解客人在送禮金的當下,錢立刻被拿出來數的這件事。當我第一次發現這件事時,其實也是嚇一跳。送多少錢被週邊的人當面在腦海裡評論,對客人來說應該真的是一件很尷尬的事情。大家對於西方婚禮的印象應該都是參加的客人會送新人在特定的百貨公司裡選好的禮物。不過最近送禮金的人應該有大幅增加的傾向。好像很多新人會指明希望大家以錢代替禮物,比較真的是比較實用。不過西式婚禮上,大部份送禮金的人會把錢夾在卡片裡,不會被拿出來數。雖然錢被拿出來數很尷尬,在自己經歷過喜宴的籌劃後,我發現這樣的方式十分的合理。畢竟和西式婚禮比起來,中式婚禮的賓客的人數一般來說多出許多。如果都由新人在婚禮前支出,就算是一半,也是一筆非常大的費用。相形之下,日本人的婚禮的支出就非常龐大。在中式的婚禮上,盤點完收到的紅包的總金額後,能夠立刻以其中的一部份將宴席的費用付掉,應該是一種心中的大石頭落下的感覺。

4. 喜宴的內容

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