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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cookbook Challenge: Week 29, Blue

Fail slice

Recipe: Blueberry and pistachio muesli slice
From: Australian Women's Weekly "Bake"

For the Cookbook Challenge this week, the theme is "blue". And for the Challenge, I present "FAIL SLICE". What is fail slice? It's when you forget a vital ingredient when baking. Yes, major fail.

But let me tell you what it's supposed to be. I baked a slice for this week's theme - a blueberry and pistachio muesli slice. Sounds okay, right? The original recipe used cranberries, which I substituted with dried blueberries to fit with this week's theme.

It all started out fine. It's the easiest recipe to put together. Basically, it just involves melting sugar, butter and honey in a saucepan, and then adding the berries, oats, pistachios and self-raising flour. Oh yeah, unless you're me, and you just leave out the flour. Because why would a slice need flour?

Funnily enough, when I mixed it all together, I thought to myself, "I wonder if this is supposed to have flour in it?" Did that make me reread the recipe? Nope! I told myself it didn't, and put it in the oven!

In fact, I didn't realise my error until after the slice had been in the oven for almost 15 minutes and I realised it didn't quite look right.... and it was kind of burnt around the edges... and oh. Wait, what was that about flour again?

I am not sure what it tastes like. I'm sure if it's made properly, it'll taste great! Someone try it and let me know!

Cookie monster cupcakes

And since it's blue week, I'll leave you with a picture of Cookie Monster cupcakes. They didn't quite turn out the way I imagined them in my head - I certainly didn't imagine them looking so demented (and these are the good ones, seriously). The cupcakes are these vanilla cupcakes with the addition of crushed oreos in the batter and the face is made from fondant, with a mini chocolate chip cookie shoved in the mouth. Cookie, cookie, cookie!

See previous Cookbook Challenge posts here.

Update: see the round up for this week at My Food Trail.

Fail slice

Blueberry and pistachio muesli slice

Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly "Bake"

125g butter, chopped coarsely
1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1& 1/2 cups (135g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
1 cup (130g) dried cranberries
1 cup (140g) roasted pistachios, chopped coarsely

Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 20cm x 30cm slice pan. Line the base of the pan with baking paper, extending it a couple of cms over the side.

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and honey over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Tip the mixture into the prepared slice pan and press firmly into it.

Bake for about 20 minutes and cool in the pan before cutting.

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