An exercise in experimental baking.
I like to mix my breakfast cereals. I combine muesli, corn flakes, puffed wheat and so on, all the time. Whenever my current choice of breakfast cereal is running low, I add the last serve or two to a mixed container, and open something else. My mixed container at the moment contains toasted muesli, corn flakes, puffed wheat, bran flakes, weeties, and heaven knows what. I thought it might make a good muesli bar mixture, so I decided to try the idea. I have never done this before, and without consulting any cookbooks or the internet, I resolved to work it out by myself.
I emptied the cereal container into the Kenwood mixing bowl. It just over half filled it. Let us say, for the recipe, that would be around three-quarters of a packet of muesli/mixed cereal. I then added the following
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup ‘homemade’ plain Greek yoghurt (Easiyo)
- 1/2 cup malt extract
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- about 1/2 cup of grated coconut – all I had left
- a handful of chopped nuts. Also all I had.
The amounts used were just what looked or felt right for the consistency of the mix. I would have added more of the last two if I had more on hand.
I gave it all a jolly good mix in the Kenwood using the K-bar attachment. While that was stirring up I greased and lined a 3cm baking tray, fired up the oven and set it to 160 C. I then poured the sticky mixture into the lined tray and smoothed and flattened it with a plastic spatula. Next I covered the top with baking paper and foil, because I did not want the bars to brown too soon. Into the middle of the oven it went. After 30 minutes I removed the cover and let it continue to bake, checking on it every ten minutes. After an hour the colour was right so I removed it from the oven, lifted it out of the pan and cut it with a pizza knife.
Now for the taste test. Did it work? I must wait until the bars have cooled. The corner one was ok warm, but the real crunch comes when they are cold. Or so I hope.
One hour later:
Well, they do not have the texture I was expecting. More chewy than crunchy. But they are delicious! I shall definitely be making these again. Quite pleased with myself.