Monday, June 08, 2009
A life lesson
Bert's Best Blueberry Bars
C is for Cooking Copyright 2007
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of butter or margarine softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 pint (2 cups) blueberries.
Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with nonstick spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, mix in the flour mixture until blended. Stir in the oats and blueberries. Use a rubber spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan.
Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. I baked them about 10 minutes longer. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 24 bar cookies.
There are some tough life lessons that children eventually learn. Adults can be mean. Santa Claus isn't real. Pets die. People die.
But perhaps the harshest lesson of all is one that my son learned this weekend - sometimes the finished product doesn't look anything like the picture in the cookbook.
My son was so excited when this cookbook arrived. While he grew out of Sesame Street a while ago, he has been reintroduced to it due to his little brother's arrival. Which is perfect - he is getting much more out of it educationally now than he was before.
This is the recipe he was most fixated on in this cookbook. The picture was beautiful- too beautiful. I knew something was off with the picture - it looks more like slices from a loaf pan rather than bars from a 9x13-inch pan but it was hard to tell due to the angle. The slices showed perfectly round dissected blueberries. Now come on, how did they get the blueberries not to explode when the bars were baked? It didn't help our version that the blueberries I bought were mutants - almost the size of small grapes. The bars weren't pretty. The blueberries were mushy. My son immediately said 'huh? These don't look like the picture.' and he ran over to the cookbook.
Ah, the loss of innocence.
They were pretty good, taste-wise. Butter, oats, and brown sugar make a fine team. These may have been an asthetic failure but they will get eaten.
This is a cute cookbook and there is a lot of emphasis on healthy eating. While there are a lot of good-looking sparkly kids cookbooks on the market, this one has some of the better recipes (even if they don't end up looking like the pictures in the book).
Question of the Day: What is something you made that looked nothing like the picture in the cookbook?