I have been really in the mood to bake lately. I tried, first, to use my new pampered chef deep covered baker. I purchased it in the hopes that it will be a one pan dinner machine when med school finally starts. I can make steaks, chicken bakes, and casseroles all in this giant baker. But I can also make bread. After conditioning it twice with oil for thirty minutes a piece (it is stoneware, must be conditioned) I tried out my bread recipe. I tweaked this one a bit and added some sugar and butter to make it more exciting and less generic. I let my dough rise overnight. After heating my DCB for thirty minutes at 450, I plopped my little dough ball in and let 'er bake for thirty minutes. Then I took the top of my DCB off and let it brown up for about 15 minutes. sO PRETTY. So tasty. Next time I will tweak the recipe more. It was still kinda boring, but good for soup dipping, etc. You can see my DCB in the background in the photo.
I also made some protein bars this week!! I crave chocolate, though hate the thought of gaining all the calories to eat it. So, what better way to make chocolate flavored protein bars that are actually good for me. I just kind of made up the recipe, basically making no bakes but putting all the ingredients together and then baking it for 10 minutes in a pie plate. I used peanut butter, oats, flax seed, four heaping scoops (about eight servings) of chocolate protein powder, a tiny bit of cocoa to give it more chocolatey taste and a tiny bit of brown sugar to bounce the sweetness to where I wanted it to be. Next time I will definitely be using stevia, or something like that, just didn't have it on hand.
Here's how they turned out. They pretty much taste just like a no bake cookie, though you can tell the chocolate is a bit off (protein powder lovers don't mind). YUMMY.
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine