Sunday, December 12, 2010

{wholegrain sundays}

'whole grain sundays', a weekly meme to show you all how we are trying to incorporate a multitude of whole grains into our daily lives. It's easy to get stuck in the the oatmeal/bread roll/potato mindset when it comes to providing your family with their daily carbohydrates. Each Sunday we will share a different recipe we have been enjoying while reaping the benefits of a variety of ancient and wholegrains.

Join us if you'd like to. Leave a link to your weekly grains in the comments section below.

spelt shortbread with chocolate thumb prints
(dairy-free, egg-free)

I would call these vegan, but I used icing sugar which some argue is not vegan.

1 cup vegan margarine
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 bar dairy-free chocolate
1 tbs of non-dairy milk (soy, almond etc.)

Cream the margarine and sugar together with electric mixer, slowly incorporate flour until you have a soft dough. If the dough is too soft add a bit more flour and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into bite sized balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Press your thumb into the balls to create a thumbprint (which will flatten the cookies to an extent). Bake at 170˚C for 15-20 minutes until just golden. Then remove and while they are cooling heat the chocolate with the soy milk in a pan on medium-low until melted. Spoon chocolate into thumbprints and let it set.

These are perfect to freeze. You can eat them right out of the freezer without any of that frozen taste. They're just cool and delicious.



Umatji said...

being able to eat them straight out of the freezer is so not a positive for me - just a danger!

Shannon said...

Yum! thanks.

Flipping back to our earlier conversation about sleeping, or lack there of. My other daughter is 9 so is at school most days while i spend time helping the wee girl to sleep so i don't have the same troubles you have encountered BUT she has been on holidays for the last couple of weeks and so i have become much more ware of how much time i spend downstairs with her baby sister trying to lull her to sleep. Again I don't have any useful solutions for you beacause while she doesn't always want to my big girl is quite able to safely entertain herself...

Ladybug said...

Warning - this recipe is dangerous and not just because they are so tasty ! I had a lot on my mind this evening so I thought I'd do a bit of baking to relax once the little one was in bed. All went well, cookies in the oven happily browning so I put on a bain marie to melt the chocolate on the gas hob. I take the tray out of the oven once they are done and feel all smug because they look so good.

Next thing I see flames ! I've left the baking tray next to the gas hob and the baking paper caught fire. I have nothing close to hand except my cup measure so I start throwing water on the flames. Eventually it goes out but not before all the smoke alarms go off (nice to know they are working). All the commotion wakes the little one upstairs !

Half of the cookies are now water logged, but the other half turned out great. Honestly it was like a scene from Frank Spencer.

I'm off to eat some cookies and have something a little stronger than tea to calm my nerves.

Thanks for the great recipes and the great blog.

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