FROM FARM TO FORK: Molasses Cookies
1st Prize winner - Felicity Gallichon

I will be talking about my favorite family recipe, molasses cookies. The topics I will be talking about are the history of molasses cookies, the process of making flour and the main uses for these cookies.

My great grandmother, Lilly Green, made these cookies. This recipe was not only used as a treat for my mom, but also a good source of energy when my grandfather Harold and my great grandfather Harold went hunting. Hunting could get pretty tiring, but these cookies made it worthwhile. The molasses cookies recipe is one of my personal favorites. I love the taste of these cookies. I also love that they are quite chewy too.
1st Prize winner - Felicity Gallichon

I have chosen the ingredient flour in my recipe to research. Flour is one of the most common ingredients in many recipes, yet not many people know how it is made. I have taken this challenge to research about this.

Flour is mainly made from wheat. The three main places in the world where wheat is grown are England, North America and North Africa. Flour is made from wheat, but not only wheat. Flour can also be made from barley, buckwheat, corn, lima beans, oats, peanuts, potatoes, soybeans, rice and rye (almost identical to wheat).

Grain goes through a  long process to become flour. The wheat or other plant is received and inspected to take out any non-wheat materials. The wheat then goes through several cleaning processes. Rocks and sticks are removed by shifting. Rocks and sticks stay in the shifter, while grain goes through. Then it goes through a machine called an aspirator. This is used to vacuum up tiny particles that are lighter than wheat. Then magnets are used to pick up tiny pieces of metal inside the wheat. The cleaned wheat is then soaked in water from 1 to 3 days. After the soaking, chemicals are added to help grind the wheat. If there is any wheat not grinded, the wheat goes through this whole process once again, to become flour.

I found learning about how flour was made and where it came from very interesting. Flour goes though many processing steps, many are cleaning steps. Next time you use flour, think about how clean it really is.









Molasses cookies

*Mix together until smooth
½ cups butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups molasses
Then add and mix ¾ cup warm water
*Mix in
3 cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
*Mix until smooth
*Let stand for 30 minutes then mix again
*Preheat oven to 365 degrees
*Place tablespoon size cookies on cookie sheet.
  (Not too close as they will spread) cook about 10 min or until finger print stays in middle.




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