Hello again and I hope you are enjoying the start of the Easter weekend. I find the joy of the weather at the moment is making me wish to be out in the countryside. I am very lucky in where I live as I look out onto fields and less than five minutes walk from here we are on a lovely riverside walk down to a country park. It’s a lovely place to be and I can’t wait to be able to get back there again soon.
In the meantime, I am finding great comfort in baking! I think I am not the only one judging by my social media feeds. This week I have had a go at a couple of new recipes, the first being some chocolate chip cookies. I found this recipe printed out in a folder in the kitchen. It’s obviously one I’ve found on the internet somewhere, but I have no idea where. So apologies to whoever’s it is.
- 100g brown sugar
- 125g unsalted block butter
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 225g Self Raising Flour
- 200g chocolate (any kind!)
Pre-heat oven to 200 oc Place butter and sugar in large bowl and mix well
Add the egg and vanilla essence and mix again
Sieve in flour and salt to mix and combine well.
Cut the chocolate, but not to finely and add. Mix together then roll balls of mixture to about 2cm by 2cm and place on a baking tray with baking parchment on. Be careful not to put the cookies too close together.
Place in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes. Repeat until all cookies are cooked.I use different kinds of chocolate and add nuts. For double chocolate cookies simply replace 50g flour with 75g chocolate powder.
It’s a very simple recipe and with my desperate need for chocolate it was just what was called for. I followed the instructions and I had a sneaky try of the cookie dough – very tasty indeed and would go brilliantly with some ice cream.
Whilst the cookies taste very nice, I think I should have flattened them a bit before putting them in the oven, as they look a bit more like mini rock cakes than cookies! I did add some flaked almonds and used a bar of dark chocolate as well as some dark chocolate chips.
Whatever they looked like there aren’t many left so they went down very well in the house, particularly good with a cup of tea!
Today I was inspired to try a microwave mug cake as I was sent an e-mail from Nando’s! It’s amazing how many of the e-mails I am actually looking at, that I would normally just delete. I’ve been curious about these little cakes for some time and a little dubious about them actually working. Anyway, it was time to have a go and while I didn’t have any Nando’s sauce in the house, it was worth making the cake without it.
I was very pleasantly surprised with how quick and easy it was. So much so I had to gatecrash my husband’s virtual team chat to show them all! It was a bit dry and would definitely benefit from being eaten with ice cream but it was a different accompaniment to my afternoon brew in the sunshine.
Enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend.
Stay safe and happy crafting