Sunday, July 5, 2015

Martin's Raisin Roundies

Martin Prince Jr. is Springfield Elementary's resident genius, narc, and all around teacher's pet.
He also represented Finland in the mock United Nations (not NOW Martin!!).

He's pretty condescending towards his fellow classmates:

But he did rescue Bart from getting beaten up, by welcoming him into the refuge of the damned.
And apparently, he enjoys baking, as evidenced in the 19th episode of season 5, "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song." When Bart can't find anything interesting to bring to Show and Tell, he grabs something with four legs and ticks. No, it's not a walking clock, it's his dog, Santa's Little Helper.
Everyone is immediately charmed by Santa's Little Helper, and Mrs.Krabappel even gives him the cookies Martin made for her.

After Martin demands that the geode he brought in for Show and Tell be acknowledged, Bart puts Santa's Little Helper in the coat room.

While hanging out in the coat room, Santa's Little Helper smells what Lunch Lady Doris is cooking (assorted horse parts, now with more testicles), and climbs into the vents. This leads to Principal Skinner getting the hiccups, and then fired. Bart and Skinner form an unlikely alliance until Bart helps him get his job back, and everyone is back to where they started, ready for another wacky adventure!

Now you too can make your own batch of Raisin Roundies!

Martin's Raisin Roundies

Makes about 24 cookies

No-So-Secret Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rum
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Real-Life Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan, combine rum and raisins. Heat on medium heat until boiling.
  2. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla, and continue to beat.
  7. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, beating until just combined.
  8. Using a rubber spatula, fold in walnuts and raisins.
  9. Drop about a Tablespoon of batter onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Place on a wire racks to cool completely.
  12. Eat them yourself, or feed to a cute doggy that thinks it's people.

This is a Lisa Friendly recipe!