Obviously this isn't a bad thing; my favorite chocolate chip cookies are still my favorite, even when I am making them for the umpteenth time. But I also like to try new things, so I decided to bake my way through my favorite cook book, The Joy of Cooking. I have been using this cookbook for 20 years and it rarely disappoints. I like the recipes because they are classic, generally call for ingredients I keep in my pantry and have choices built into the recipes.
At the request of my niece, here is one of the recipes I made the other day, and then again today. They were delicious both times.
Energy Bars (Joy of Cooking, page 765)
Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9x9-inch square baking pan lined with foil.
Combine in a medium bowl:
* 1-1/2 cups packed dried fruit (apricots, pitted dates, raisins, figs, cherries, and/or cranberries), coarsely
* 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds
* 1/4 tsp salt (I use salted butter and omit the salt)
* 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Add and stir until well blended:
* 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
* 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
Press the mixture into the pan. Bake until top is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack.
The first time I made them, I used dried cherries and pecans. I chopped them all up in my Ninja, which is the best blender I've ever had. I followed the recipe exactly.
If I make them again, I will probably cut down a bit on the brown sugar and use more whole wheat flour, to make them a little healthier.