Just a quick tip today, as we've been busy shooting video and painting cookies this month. Check out our Instagram account to see what else we've been up to. We will share more here soon.
We recently made a chocolate chip cookie recipe that called for quick oats, and all we had were rolled oats. Did we make a quick trip to the store? Nope. We got out our food processor, dumped in a little more oats than the recipe called for, and pulsed it 5 or 6 times. Instant quick oats!! See photo below for the oats before and after the pulsing in a food processor (or blender if that's all you have).
The difference between rolled and quick oats is the amount of processing. Quick oats are thinner and more broken up so they can cook more quickly. As described above, it's easy to make your own from rolled oats, which are just what the name implies, oats that have been rolled flat.
Two other styles of oats may be good for eating, but NOT for baking. Steel cut oats are just chopped up oats, and are seldom appropriate for baking. And instant oats, including the ones in flavored single-serving packets, are too processed for baked goods. They'll just turn to mush.
After testing dozens of recipes in preparation for this big event, we're exhausted! We hope you've enjoyed our recipe postings throughout July here and featured on Instagram and Facebook.
This one is my personal favorite, so we're posting it here today. This browned butter chocolate chip cookie from America's Test Kitchen has a lovely toffee flavor, crisp edges and a chewy center. Mmmmmm. You can link to our original blog post here.
So that we can spend time with our families, our offices and store will be CLOSED on July 4. We will resume customer service activities and order processing on July 5.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
We've all had baking disasters. Overbaking, underbaking, multitasking and forgetting.
The burnt-on-the-outside, raw-on-the-inside mishap that occurred in this patriotic pan cookie was due to incorrect oven temperature. We used a different oven that's improperly calibrated - by a whopping 35 degrees!! So we wasted the time and ingredients for want of a simple gadget all bakers and cooks should have. (And use on a regular basis - just in case things have changed)
Behold.....the oven thermometer. This small, inexpensive tool is critical for getting reliable, consistent results. This is especially important in baking, as 10-15 degrees off in either direction can ruin your results.
You can buy these in stores and online just about anywhere. Prices range from $3 to $12 for a standard model. Check ratings for accuracy on reviews from customers and sources you trust.
Well, off to recalibrate the oven.....Most ovens have a way to do this if you find your thermostat is inaccurate. Check your owner's manual or go online.
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