The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

More Snow = More Xmas baking

We are in the middle of our first major snowstorm of winter – 30 cm expected in the next 36 hours.

Tomorrow after work I’m gonna get on my snowpants and take a garbage bag over to a nearby park …and burn down the hill. Man, I love snow.

Here are my new favorites – one is a gluten-free, sugar-free cookie I made for my friend, Sam, who is anti-wheat.

Chocolate Cookies with Gin-Soaked Raisins

1/2 c Golden Raisins, soaked 8 hours in 1/3 cup gin (can soak up to one week)
3 c confectioners sugar
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder or 2 T finely ground espresso beans
2 T allpurpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla
8 oz pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 – butter and flour two large cookie sheets.
Mix confectioners sugar, cocoa, espresso, flour and salt with electric mixer at low speed. Add egg whites and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth.
Drain raisins, then add to dough with pecans. Dough will be extremely thick and sticky.
Drop 1/4 cup dough for each cookie onto baking sheet, spcing them at least 3 inches apart, and pat down each mound to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake 15 to 17 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking time.

Gluten free, sugar free cookies

1 Tbsp raisins
3 Tbsp hot water
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp margarine or butter
2 T Peanut Butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 scant tsp egg replacer (if vegan) or 1 egg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla and almond extracts
2/3 cup rice flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

soak raisins in hot water and set aside.
Cream banana, marg, pb, then add salt and egg, and spices and beat. Add raisins and water and beat more.
Slowly add rice flour and baking soda etc.

Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes (do not overbake). Makes 8 cookies.

Author: smallboy

Helen Tara Hughes is a writer, producer and actor. An award-winning theatre performer, she cut her teeth in classical and new work at major theatres across Canada, including the Stratford Festival. Her first taste of documentary work – a POV radio documentary for CBC’s ‘Outfront’ – gave her the documentary bug, and in 2009 she transitioned into Producing with the feature documentary, Goodness in Rwanda. As a writer, she has been published by Backofthebook.ca, Eros Digest, and TWISI, and has a book of short stories that will be published in the fall of 2012. As a filmmaker, she creates short films based on poetic writing. She moonlights as an Asst Producer and Coordinator for documentary, factual, and independent films, and is developing a slate of her own media projects for 2013.

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