Let's run through my little "to do" list for this evening:
Power walk home (in the rain), DONE!
30 Day Shred, with dumbbells, DONE!
Nutritious dinner, DONE!
Collapse on couch moaning about sore thighs and bottom, DONE!
Send proof of wedding invite to printers, DONE!
Make cookies for charity bake sale at work tomorrow, DONE!
I got my priorities right here friends!
Seriously, these are the best cookies ever. I first made them many years ago, and they used to be my contribution to staff morning teas when I lived in Melbourne. But then I moved into a sharehouse where the only real cooking I did was adding tuna to pasta, and heating up nachos a la Ironman. All my baking stuff was in boxes in the garage. Indeed, it still is - just a different garage, in a different state.
Over the last few years here in London I've gradually replaced some baking paraphernalia - a loaf tin here, a few muffin trays there - but I am still, three years on, without ramekins, a spatula and cooling trays! Domestic goddess? Hardly. When I do bake, I tend to make cakes. I hardly ever make cookies any more - and indeed had forgotten how!
But when we were in Paris a few weeks ago, I sought out a much-mentioned foodie paradise called G.Detou, which sold these enormous bags of chocolate chips, in milk, dark or white. I hardly ever see chocolate chips in the supermarkets here, so I grabbed a huge bag with the intention of making my much loved cookies when I returned. I made a batch, out of which Tom and I managed to take an enormous box full to work each, and have a little stash at home to nibble on.
It's funny - old Phil didn't take cake or cookies to work! They never lasted that long - maybe the afternoon, if I was lucky! :P ha ha. I only tend to bake these days if I know I'm going to be able to share it with people!
Tonight, as I was leaving, my workmates were talking about the charity bake sale our department is hosting tomorrow.
"What are you making Philippa?" one of them asked me as I happily hit "shut down".
Before I could answer, another asked "Will you make those cookies again?!"
So, cookies it is!
I often put off baking, but am always pleased when I make the effort to. It fills the flat with a delicious, homely fug. Blended with the smell of last night's butter "chicken", my home smells very fragrant indeed tonight!
I won't pretend that these are low fat, etc. because they aren't. They're a treat. And when I have a treat, I want every mouthful to count! I can kind of convince myself these are healthy because they have oatmeal in them but...meh...who am I kidding! Not an every day thing, by any means. But it is wonderful to be able to make things like this, knowing that I won't inhale the lot, like in days of old! I will eat my two or three, and enjoy them. All the better if it's for a good cause, like tomorrow! But a good thing the 30 Day Shred has a permanent place by the DVD player at the moment!
These are ideal to make for a party, for a morning tea treat with friends, or just to fill the biscuit tin when you know you have visitors coming. Everyone loves them. I'm sure you will too :)
Best Ever Choc Chip Cookies
2 and 1/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (note: I love salt in sweet things. I up this to 2-3 teaspoons, but that's just me. And I use Maldon sea salt)
1 cup butter or dairy free spread
3/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup oatmeal or porridge oats
Preheat the oven to 190 C (350 F). Line several baking trays with baking paper.
Put the butter, vanilla and sugars in a bowl and beat until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until creamy and fluffy.
Add 1 cup of the flour and fold in. Then add the rest of the flour, the baking soda and salt. It will look very thick and you'll think you need to add water or something, but don't! It will all be fine! Keep stirring!
Once all the flour is mixed in, add the oats and choc chips, again a bit at a time. Stir through thoroughly.
Use two teaspoons to spoon the mixture into small dollops on to the baking trays. You'll probably be able to get 12 on a normal baking sheet. Make sure you leave lots of room in between them, as they spread out when baking.
When your trays are all loaded, put them in the oven and bake for 10-11 minutes or until they look golden on top. An oven timer is my lifesaver here. I can't tell you how many biscuits I burned over the years because I got distracted while they were in the oven!
Remove from the oven and cool slightly before removing from trays. Then spoon remaining mixture back on to the trays as before, put back in the oven, etc. Until all the mixture is gone!
It takes me about 7 trays to use all the mixture.
Depending on the size of your dollops, you can get up to 80 cookies from this - I usually average around 65.
Allow the cookies to cool. Let your fiance eat the tiny ones that it wouldn't be fair to charge people for in the bake sale! :)
And there you have it! Cookie heaven!
All my G.Detou choc chips are gone now! Ah well - it was all for a good cause!
Do you like to bake? What's your favourite baking recipe?