Hello everyone, just wanted to share some new ideas on great desserts.
My mother always cooks the most fabulous desserts for my kids’ birthday. I have twins: a boy and a girl, so my mother has to prepare something extra special for the both of them in the same day, which is a pleasure – she says. Personally I would never be capable of so much creativity, as she finds a new cake to bake every year, though she also repeats some of my kids’ favorite recipes, such as cake pops, which they adore beyond words, especially if topped with coconut flakes.
Not all kids have similar tastes, but I’d like to give you one example of what my mom cooks for my kids at times and that they particularly like. The cranberry oat bars is a dessert that needs only few ingredients, it is tasty and it reminds me of my childhood, because my mom used to bake them for me as well. For these you need, of course, cranberries, finely grated lemon zest (approximately 2 teaspoons), 2 cups rolled oats, orange marmalade, ½ cup of sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup light brown sugar, baking powder, salt and 10 tablespoons unsalted butter.
Mix the cranberries, sugar, marmalade and zest in a pan, add 2 tablespoons water and bring to a boil, whisking constantly while crushing the berries. You can add fresh or frozen berries, but I prefer them fresh. You cook the mixture for a maximum of 8 to 10 minutes, while stirring continuously so that it doesn’t scorch. Once finished, put it in another recipient and let it cool, then put it in the fridge for minimum 2 hours.
In the meantime, in another bowl, mix together flour, the rolled oats, brown sugar, butter (in small pieces) and lemon until they are perfectly blended. In a pan, spread half of the oats mixture. Spread the cranberries mixture evenly on its surface and top it with the other half of the oats composition.
To bake it, you need a baking pan, lined with baking foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Preheat the oven before inserting the pan at 350 degrees and then let it bake for about 30 minutes, until the edges acquire a light brown nuance. Take it out and wait for it to cool completely. Then cut it in small pieces and serve it.
As I said, this one is an old recipe that she made for me when I was a kid as well, though I loved more the unhealthy ice cream I bought on the street, a thing with which she disagreed and she scolded me for each and every time. Luckily, my kids have different tastes. I hope yours will enjoy it as much as they do!