Archives for August 2011
Here are some facts I recently learned:
Fact 1: Watching the biggest loser after eating chocolate chip cookies make me feel better about myself
Fact 2: There’s a lot of product placement in biggest loser
Fact 3: These chocolate chip cookies are the best I’ve ever tasted
Yeah, I’m guessing you can tell I wanted a way to feel less guilty about eating lots of chocolate chip cookies and that, well, I found it. But I have to say, these cookies are worth the guilt. There are so many different types of chocolate chip cookie, these are the soft, chewy kind, like ‘soft baked’ ones from the store.
They have 3 pretty weird awesome things in them which make them so good:
yeast – weird, I know, I’ve seen it in a few other cookie recipes before. They give the cookie an extra flavor dimension, not a bread-like, yeasty flavor, just something I can’t really describe. You can leave it out if you’re too weirded out 🙁
browned butter– this improves the texture of the dough, and the cookie whilst adding buckets of flavor
gram flour– optional, but I’ve found it gives the cookie a softer texture. Umm, there is one thing though, it also makes the dough taste like peas… yeah. For me, it’s a good thing as it stops me eating the cookie dough, and I promise that the pea flavor ( :S ) will be gone once your cookies are baked!
So simple yet so fancy
so easy yet so perfect
I love marble cake, it’s the best, like a reliable friend or an old pet.Often the request of my older brother, it’s definitely a favourite. Always there for you, it never leaves you crying in a crumpled mass on the floor and never fails to impress either! It’s got to be those swirls, they’re tantalizing. Oh and it’s magic cake, the chocolate batter sinks to the bottom without mixing with the vanilla,
(Paris Hilton voice) ‘that’s hot.’
One often has to make the decision: ‘Vanilla or chocolate?’ …nah… vanilla and chocolate. No effort has to be made trying to choose between two great things, save those brain cells, this cake is the best of both worlds.
A year or so ago, I found the recipe for samoas and samoas bars on Baking Bites and subsequently added them to the already full list of bookmarked recipes. I had heard of girl scout cookies, but never new what the actual flavours were. Samoas seemed like the perfect cookie for me as I love love love coconut (and chocolate!). So finally, me an a friend decided to make the bar version. As we don’t really have soft caramels here, making them was a bit more of trek than the original recipe. I’ve since lost the caramel recipe 🙁 . But anyway, the bars were really good…
So this year, the same friend requested I make her birthday cake. After seeing a few recipes for samoas cupcakes online, I thought they would be perfect. I didn’t follow any specific recipe, just different ones for the different components in the recipe.
They are vanilla cupcakes filled and thinly covered with chocolate buttercream frosting, then topped with coconut caramel and drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.
Last year on a trip to the states, I went with my family to a café one morning with the intention of having pancakes. After waiting for 45 minutes to get in, we were all starving! I felt a bit let down when I looked at the menu, it said that you could either get a short stack (1 pancake) or a tall stack (2 pancakes). I mean who only eats ONE pancake? But alas I ordered the short stack (while putting on an american accent in order to avoid the confused look the waitress would give me if I used my usual British accent!). So the pancakes arrived. Yeah, they were huge (about 12″x6″) and like an inch thick. I think the pancake probably consumed more maple syrup than me, we had to have the jug re-filled around 3 times. But seriously I only managed to eat 3/4 of it in the end, even though by then it was about 10.30 by then.
At home, we normally use Aunt Jemima’s Pancake Mix which we always stock up on whenever we do go to America. But one morning, after finding buttermilk in the supermarket the day before (a rare find in the UK), I decided to make pancakes from scratch. I know it’s not anything particularly special, but for me it was quite a significant experience. Ever since, I’ve used this recipe whenever that pancake craving arises or that certain best friend pokes my shoulder and looks at me with sad eyes until I cave in, not that I need much persuasion…