Friday, October 12, 2007

Black & Tan and Oatmeal Stout

NO!!! Not beer, you alcoholics...

They're black & tan cookies, and coriander steel cut oatmeal with wheat berries, and chinese black rice with whipped cream atop.

This was inspired by the teahouse in Santa Fe. I think they made it with coriander, or at least the coriander tastes fanstastic even if they didn't use it.

Black and Tan Cookies

1/3 Cup Cocoa
2-1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup Butter
1-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Nutmeg
5 oz. Chocolate Chips
5 oz. Peanut Butter Chips

Preheat Oven to 365 F.

Black Mixture:
Combine the hot chocolate, 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.

Tan Mixture:
Combine 1-1/3 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp nutmeg in a bowl.

In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla untill fluffy. Add eggs and mix thoroughly. Split into 2 equal batches.

In one batch, gradually beat in the "black mixture," and repeat with the other batch and the "tan mixture." Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and add half to each batch.

Drop small rounds of the "black" onto a cookie sheet or baking stone. Repeat using the "tan," and use your fingers to form a "black & tan" round by squishing the two doughs together.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack.

Coriander Steel Cut Oatmeal with Wheat Berries and Chinese Black Rice

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
3 Cup Boiling Water
1/2 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Cup + 1 Tbsp Buttermilk
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp (or more) Coriander
1 Cup cooked Wheat Berries
Cooked Black Rice

In a large sauce pot, melt the butter and then add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes or until the oats begin to toast. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer on low heat for 25 minutes, without stirring.

Combine the milk and 1/2 of the butter milk with the oatmeal. Stir to combine, and allow to gently cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add the spices, and cooked wheat berries and spoon into bowls. Lay a glob of sticky black rice on top of the oatmeal and drizzle with the extra buttermilk and some honey. Top the whole thing off with a dollop of whipped cream.


Cooking wheat berries is simple. Just add about 1 cup of wheat berries to about 3 cups of water. Boil until soft and delicious. ... About 20-30 minutes.

Same sort of situation with the black rice. If the rice you bought doesn't have plain and out directions, just follow a simple rice recipe of about 1 cup rice to 2-1/4 Cup water. boil for 20 ish minutes until done. Honestly, just get a rice cooker, it's easier that way.


Twyla said...

Well said.

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