What are we about here at Bakeroose?

Chef Stephanie Petersen is know as Chef Tess Bakeresse. She is joined in her cooking adventures here on the Bakeroose blog by her two sons, Little Man and Face. We also have regular posts from other Little Chefs who share their cooking adventures. Our kid's blog is a help to moms, grandmas, grandpas and caregivers. We want to help a whole new generation of cooks get excited about the culinary world. If you cook together and have the desire to join our Bakeroose, feel free to send an email to Chef Stephanie Petersen (chef-tess@hotmail.com). If we like what we see, we'll add your story! That simple. If you homeschool, welcome! We have a twice monthly bakeroose class that will be highlighted on this blog as a way to incorporate food science into your child's education. We hope you want to come back again and again. Even better, we hope you like it enough to want to share your cooking experiences and anything you learn along the way! We are so excited to hear from you! Chef Stephanie's main blog is http://www.cheftessbakeresse..com/

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Any class Chef Tess teaches with kids will usually be added here automatically! So...how cool is that?!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Homemade No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars we made with my mom. If you want all the pictures you'll need to go to her blog. But here's what you need:

4 cups granola, preferably in smaller pieces or my granola: Home-Spun Breakfast Cereal
4 cups rolled oats
4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup flax seed (optional)
1T cinnamon
2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp double strength vanilla
2/3 cup honey or molasses
Combine the dry ingredients in a large 2 gallon bowl.
Lightly oil 2 9 by 13 inch casserole pans and set them aside.
With an adult supervising:
In a 2 quart heavy pot, combine the sugar, butter, water, vanilla and honey or molasses.
Simmer the syrup over medium heat until a drop placed in cold water holds it's shape, about 5 minutes (soft ball stage). (see the pictures on mom's blog. It helps a lot!!)
Not ready yet...
Getting closer...
Ready! Pour immediately over the dry ingredients and combine well.
It will not be too gooey. Just right.
Scrape all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
Divide the mixture between the two pans. Lightly spray the top of the bars with non-stick spray or oil. Press down firmly, being careful not to burn your hands. Transfer pans to the fridge and chill 10-15 minutes.Have an adult cut with a sharp knife into bars of desired size. Standard granola bar size yielded about 45 bars.

Place in snack size bags or keep in an airtight container. Ours rarely last more than a few days, so I can't really say how long they will keep fresh.
There you go. Granola bars. You can do it!

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