Baking Ideas

evapple
Bento-ing from: Sydney NSW 2000 › Australia
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Hi everyone!

Although I've been a member for a year.. (time flies) this week is my first time I'm actively joining the forum.

I have a question to all you people about baked cookies/ and other goodies for bentos.

So far I've made Anzac biscuits and Museli bars (easy as!).

What else would you suggest?

I do make my bentos the night before, so they stay in the fridge and that with the moisture inside the bento box makes the cookies go soft :(

Does anyone have any suggested recipes for baked nibbles that wont go soft before hand?

Regards

Crazy about Bentos

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Tanuki
Bento-ing from: seattle › USA
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Re: Baking Ideas

My best advice is don't refrigerate baked goods, especially along with the food in your bento. You should wrap them separately to isolate the moisture from the foods in your box so it doesn't affect the cookies/breads etc. Wax or parchment paper inside another layer of cling wrap or zip bags works well.

I like making energy bars out of dried pitted dates and nuts. You don't need a recipe really, just pick nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and spices that you like in a proportion that will stick together once it's blended. I soak everything in water for an hour (then drain it, of course) so it will blend together well in a food processor. Then I take the mixture and flatten it in a Pyrex glass 9x9 inch (25cm) square pan and cook it near the lowest temperature in the oven, say 200 F or less, for just over an hour. You can cut the resulting product into whatever size rectangles are appropriate. Use them for a snack or dessert-type item in your bento box; you shouldn't have to worry much about the texture changing over half a day due to moisture.

maki
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Re: Baking Ideas

How about mini-muffins? I even have a category just for bento-friendly muffins:

http://justbento.com/category/filed-under/muffins

There are also these gomashio cookies, which are a bit tricky to make (esp. the gluten-free vegan one) but sort of interesting and very filling:

http://www.justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/gomashio-cookies

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maki
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Re: Baking Ideas

p.s. I love your vampire ? onigiri icon!

another_amanda
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Re: Baking Ideas

How about homemade granola bars? They're pretty healthy if you put the right stuff in them, and whenever I make them, they turn out so hard that a little extra moisture would be welcome.

(I don't have a recipe I can post--I always just go to www.recipezaar.com and start scrolling until something looks tasty.)

I second the icon love!

evapple
Bento-ing from: Sydney NSW 2000 › Australia
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Re: Baking Ideas

Hi everyone!
Tanuki - Thanks for your reply! I was hoping to save a bit of plastic ^^ but now i think about it, i could resize old ziplock bags for the cookies!

Maki - Thankyou! Actually now you mention it i did make your miso pumpkin muffins! They were sooo good! My brother and I ate a dozen before the were popped into the freezer ^^
The vampire face was made with simple nori letter punches "l" and "v" and a normal office hole punch - i cant make onigiri without putting a face on it anymore!

Amanda - Actually Granola bars are what we call Muesil bars. - I got a bag of muesli, added melted butter, golden syrup and honey. mixed them together and baked :) lovely bars of goodness. But the fruit in the mix made it a bit chewy... so now Husband has to make sure he's not on the phone as he munches on them ^^

Jiza
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Re: Baking Ideas

how about this? http://www.justhungry.com/2004/07/zucchini_basil_.html

they are so delicious >_<

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Loretta
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Zucchini basil muffins

And foolproof too!*
I made these a couple of days ago, got distracted by the baby and forgot to combine the dry ingredients together before adding the wet ones to them. Even without the baking powder having been distributed throughout the flour they still came out beautifully.

(*But Maki's thread where she asks for help measuring cup sizes was invaluable, I had no idea the US cups were of a different size to the measurements I have in my kitchen that say "1 cup" until I saw that thread and tried to contribute - no wonder none of the US cookies recipes I had tried to make were that good!)

Stephanie
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Re: Zucchini basil muffins

My mother was having the same problem with European recipes, until I pointed out the ml measurements that were also listed in the recipes. When she went by ml, they came out fairly well just not to what she is used to flavor wise. It seems that American cookies are far sweeter and have fewer spices than their European counter parts, so to my mother and her decidedly American taste buds she leaves out most of the spices and adds more sugar to make them more to her liking.

anon.
Re: Baking Ideas

I've got a great banana bread recipe I got from one of my favorite baking books, Baking Illustrated - I usually replace walnuts with chocolate chips. If you do it in mini-loaves or muffin tins, that'd probably be excellent.

evapple
Bento-ing from: Sydney NSW 2000 › Australia
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Re: Baking Ideas

I like the idea of zucchini basil muffins.! The addition of vegetables in anything is a beautiful concept that only Mums could have thought of! hahaha!

My silicon muffin cases have gone missing... I did a massive egg tart session before the wedding, but now I'm back into cooking mode, they have gone missing! So all muffin baking has ground to a stop while I try and find them. :( or buy replacements.

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