Thursday, June 26, 2008
I found this recipe in a farm magazine. To fill our container, I would make 3/4 of the author's recipe, which is about three times the recipe I'll post below. I use real maple syrup and not flavoring when I make this. I'll also post the chocolate syrup recipe, which I got from Martha Stewart Living.
Homemade Fake Grapenuts
2 1/3 cups brown sugar (or 7 cups)
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or 10 1/4 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt (or 3/4 teaspoon)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (or 4 1/2 teaspoons/1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 4 1/2 teaspoons/1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 quart of cream, give or take, (or about 3 quarts of cream)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease cake pans.
Mix all dry ingredients, except baking soda, in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle, and pour in three quarters of the cream. Dissolve the baking soda in this puddle. Add flavorings and mix together until all flour is wet. Add more cream as needed. Do not over mix. The dough will be quite thick, with no spots of dry flour left.
Fill greased cake pans no more than half full and bake until a toothpick comes out dry, this should take about 40-50 minutes, but check on them starting at 30 minutes. Invert cake pans on a rack to cool slightly. While they are still warm, wrap them in plastic bags and let stand overnight.
The next morning, break the cakes in chunks and rub through the medium holes on your grater, or through 1/4 inch hardware cloth, to crumble the cakes .
Dry the crumbs in a moderate oven, 275-300 F, until dry and crunchy, stirring often.
Store in airtight containers.
3/4 cups unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bring cocoa powder and 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in sugar and salt until both are dissolved. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate, stir until it is melted. Pour through a fine sieve into a large bowl or jar and discard solids if necessary. I don't find it to be necessary if I whisk everything as I stir. Stir in vanilla. Let cool 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Stir before serving.
It may be because I haven't had my coffee yet this morning, but in your recipe for the "grapenuts", there is no baking soda listed. It's mentioned in the directions, but no amount. How much do I need? I think this would be fun to try.
Where do you get Dutch process cocoa powder? Do you just buy it at a supermarket, or do you have to go to a specialty store? I found some once at a local supermarket, but I haven't been able to find it again.
Kris, Hershey's makes dutch process cocoa. It used to say it on the packaging more clearly, now I think it says special dark on it. If you really want to make it over the top, King Arthur Flours has a black cocoa that is the darkest I've ever run across. This recipe is definitely not more frugal than store bought (especially when I can buy the giant jug at Cash and Carry) the way the granola and yogurt and most of those are, but it is so much better, and we save money in so many other places that I'm willing to pay for it here.
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