Monday, June 17, 2013

Recipe Monday - Hermits

Welcome to Recipe Monday!  

The recipe I have for you today is one my Great Grandmother used to make.  I remember going to visit her in the summer on Cape Cod and she would have these yummy breakfast treats for us that she called hermits.   And if we were really good we got to have them as snacks too!

 1 cup sugar                                         1/2 tsp. nutmeg
 1/2 cup vegetable oil                          1/2 tsp. cinnamon
 3 cups flour                                         1/2 cup milk
 1 tsp. baking soda                               1/2 cup molasses
 1/2 tsp. salt                                                             1 cup raisins

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees .

First, mix together the sugar and the oil in a bowl and set aside.   Then, sift together ALL the dry ingredients into another bowl. 
In another bowl mix together the molasses and the milk ( I use 2% milk and they come out the same as with whole milk)  After mixing the molasses and milk together slowly add it to the sugar and oil mixture stirring well.   Then blend this mixture together with the dry ingredients  until well mixed.  Gently fold in the raisins.

Next, spread the mixture into a cookie sheet.  I used my largest cookie sheet - it is about 17 x  11.  And I did not grease it.  

Put into the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes.   You want them to be a golden brown and when a toothpick is stuck into the center no raw dough or crumbs should come back out on the toothpick.  

Let the hermits cool completely before cutting into squares.  I cut them right in the cookie sheet.  Store the hermits in an airtight container for about a week.  And I usually put wax paper in between the layers of the hermits so they don't stick together.   If you like, they can be frozen for about 2 months.  

Hermits make a great breakfast treat and my husband says they taste great with a cup of coffee!