Were did the sunny days go? Suddenly winter is back and together with it a craving for sweets and chocolate that just make me desperate... So what to do this weekend when you can't go hiking or have sundowners at the beach?
Chill at home, watch as many dvd's as you can, drink wine and just relax. But if you are more of a doer, baking is my answer...
I actually haven't baked in a very long time, I think that it must have to do with the fact that the oven of my old house wasn't really good for baking. (awesome for pizzas thought) I tried to do once banana bread but it was completely a flop and since then my baking days were forgotten. Until today that I realized I no longer have excuses as my new oven works like a charm... So being really out of practice, decided to ask my friend Emma from Munch food and cakes for a simple but delicious recipe that I could do this weekend.
Emma not only got engaged recently but also started her own catering company a few months ago focusing mainly on small functions. So if you are organizing a dinner or tea party but feeling lazy to cook, you know what to do...- of course your guests don't need to find out that everything was home-made not exactly in your kitchen ;)
So anyway, here's the recipe she sent me: Crispy chewy chocolate chip cookies.... as she describes it: authentic american style chocolate cookies and not what passes as a chocolate chip cookie in South Africa.
Hope you also give it a try and have a great weekend!!!
"It’s difficult to know how many cookies this recipe makes, since I eat so much of the raw dough when I make them (salmonella be damned). And also so many of the warm cookies, before I even have time to count. More than 24, definitely. Probably closer to 36."
You will need:
2 c cake flour
½ t baking soda
1 t salt
¾ c butter, melted
1 c packed treacle sugar
½ c white sugar
1 tb vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 c dark chocolate chunks (I use chopped dark chocolate, usually Bourneville)
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice - optional
Sift together the flour, soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla and whisk until light. Add sifted ingredients and blend, then add chocolate chips, and nuts if using, and blend. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and drop tablespoonfuls of dough 3 in apart. (At this point, I like to sprinkle each cookie with a generous pinch of Maldon salt. I like the salt with the sweet, but maybe I just need all the salt to offset – slightly – the massive amounts of sugar I consume when I bake these cookies)
Bake at 165 C for 10-12 minutes, and remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.
If you want to check more recipes from Emma or order some delicacies, check out her website here.