Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cookies!

Well, not real cookies, but that sounds so much better than "Baby Teething Biscuits". That sounds like dog treats. Anyway, I made some. I am not a baker, so I don't know good tricks like how to make dough less sticky or at least how to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin and counter. But, they are not bad. I saw this same recipe on several different sites:

1 cup of flour (I used 2/3 oat flour 1/3 AP flour)
1 cup of baby cereal (I used 1/2 rice 1/2 oatmeal)
1 cup of juice (I used 100% natural apple juice)

Directions:
Mix above ingredients together.
Roll out and cut into shapes.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes at 350°F (175°C).
They freeze well.





Did I mention it was sticky? It didn't help that I had Graham in the bjorn-like carrier and he kept grabbing fistfuls of dough. I used a pizza cutter to cut through the dough. (That was pretty smart. I think I must've seen it on Food TV or something at some point). They are definitely not pretty, and I will cut them into longer strips next time. Some of the edges got a little crispy, but I just tore them off and turned them into, well, dog treats. Ringo thought they were great. It was really pretty easy, aside from the mess, and this seems like a good starting base. Bananas, peach juice or even pureed fruits may be good in the cookies. I'm dorkily excited about all the possibilities. Maybe I'll become a baker after all.



Graham seems to like them. It gives him something to work on after he's done eating. He looks at them and sucks on them more than chews them at this point, and I kind of watch him like a hawk because I'm concerned about him choking. He also spit up a few times after dinner, so I don't know that he's digesting them great. I also bought some Earth's Best Barley biscuits for comparison. Hands down, theirs look better. But, I think mine taste better (G2 agrees) and don't have any added sugar outside of what's in the apple juice.



On a side note, I have come across a lot about baby led weaning while looking for good finger foods, which makes me think I can probably feed him anything. There are pictures of six month olds eating big stalks of broccoli. It seems like a great idea in theory, but it's a tad progressive for me. Plus, I really like making all this baby food. He won't be eating it for long!

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