Do any of you remember the painter, Bob Ross, who would say "We don't make mistakes, we just have happy little accidents"? Well, I had a happy accident of sorts over the weekend...and I plan on making the mistake again!
Look at this wonderful cereal. It's all oats and strawberry goodness, warmed a little and topped with a little milk or half-and-half. It's hard to believe it was unintentional, isn't it?
Fellow blogger Leanne posted a recipe a week or so ago for Raspberry and Coconut Breakfast Bars. I decided to give it a try, using strawberry preserves.
Agreeing that strawberry preserves might make an overly sweet bar, I followed Leanne's suggestion to reduce the brown sugar to 3/4 cup. I also used old-fashioned oats instead of the quick-cooking kind in Leanne's recipe. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to the letter.
After baking, the mixture would not hold together. I didn't end up with breakfast bars at all. What I did end up with was the most amazing strawberry cereal.
Crumbled into a bowl, heated a bit and topped with a little milk, this is so, so good! Even crumbled into a bowl cold, it's one of the best cereals I've eaten. I'm not a cold cereal fan, so that says a lot.
I still haven't decided if it was the change in oatmeal or the reduced sugar that kept the bars from firming up, or if maybe my oven temperature is off on the cool side. I'll be trying Leanne's recipe again to see if I can figure out where I went wrong. But I'm keeping my version, too, so I can remember where I went right.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Posted by Annie Jones at 7:36 AM