Oh look, lemon again. Have I mentioned that I love lemon? Once or twice? Sorry, I’ll try not to get stuck in a rut. I initially saw this recipe when I picked out the orange cookie recipe a few weeks ago and was intrigued by the concept. I had no idea what a ricotta cookie might be like, but I imagined something with an almost cheesecake-y flavour and texture.
I’m not a big fan of sugary things – shut up, chocolate doesn’t count. I mean, it’s not that I don’t love cookies & cakes and things, but sugary candies? Nah. No thanks. Occasionally I’ll get a craving and will buy a small bag of jelly bellies; but then I’ll eat one or two and forget about the bag until I find it in a drawer a year later. Chocolate? Yeah, that won’t last a day. But if I’m offered a candy, I’ll pass.
Caramel kinda falls in between for me, especially salted caramels. They have richer flavour, not so much sugary sweet. But still, I can usually take them or leave them. This recipe? Oh boy, I’m in trouble. I could eat the whole pan by myself. The chocolate flavour is strong, almost bitter, but it has that deep caramel flavour as well. Topped off with a bit of fleur de sel? Yeah, I’m hooked. I can see myself making this recipe a LOT.
I’ve baked a lot of bran muffins over the years, and was never really happy with any of the recipes I tried. Most of them were too dry, had no flavour, and I didn’t like that so many of them relied on processed ingredients like bran cereal – I mean the whole point of bran muffins is that they’re sorta healthy, right? Otherwise why not just eat a chocolate banana muffin… It was like the health aspect was being sacrificed for flavour, and really? The flavour wasn’t anything to write home about.
I’ve always hated oatmeal. I wanted to like it – because I love rolled oats in baked goods – but oatmeal? Nasty stuff. A friend of mine insisted that I try steel cut oats. I was skeptical, but finally decided to give it a shot. OMG, they’re worlds apart from the glop I’d had in the past. Flavourful and with a good texture. I’m hooked.