Along my delightful journey of cooking, I have tried different types of cooking methods: stir frying, deep frying, braising, and even slow cooking (all inside the wok) but so far never try ‘baking’.
Why not baking?
I thought I am not a baking type of a person and I did not even know how to handle the oven. I am the type of a person who prefers simple, easy and free style cooking, and to me baking sounds rather intimidating. For so long, I have been comfortable with cooking inside the wok …….
Until one morning …….
while sipping my coffee, I was craving for oatmeal cookies which I once bought at Star Buck. But I didn’t feel like going out that day and the nearest Star Buck Coffee is around 5 km away from my home …..then I said to myself ‘why not trying to make my own oatmeal cookies?’
But…it means I have to bake.
‘So what if you have to bake’, I challenged myself. The worst thing could happen is I screw-up the cookies. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to give it a try and start ‘cooking outside the wok’ – get out my comfort zone and start to bake
I checked my kitchen cabinet and yes, I found a bag of oatmeal, brown sugar, unsalted butter, egg, flour and dried raisins. I thought these ingredients were sufficient to create the cookies. I got excited…and here was my simple oatmeal cookies experiment
- 100 gram quick cook oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 50 gram unsalted butter – put on medium heat to melt until bubbling and brown in color
- 1 (one) egg, beat slowly
- 2 tablepoons of all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of dried raisins
- Mix the melted butter and egg in a bowl (wet mix)
- Mix the oats, brown sugar and flour in another bowl (dry mix)
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients mix
- Mix thoroughly into a dough
- Add raisins into the dough
Take 1 tablepoon of the dough and shape it into a cookie-form
- Repeat until no dough remains and you will get around 12 cookies
- Cover the base of a baking pan with aluminum foil
- Arrange the cookies on the pan
Bake in pre-heated oven at 150 degree Celsius (or 300 degree F or Mark 2) with both upper and bottom flame for 30 minutes.
Hey, finally I can bake… and it’s not as intimidating as I thought. And my invented oatmeal cookies were not bad at all …. I love the cookies and it goes very well as ‘the companion of a cup of hot coffee’.