bruno's parents dropped in for afternoon tea on sunday, so max and i took the opportunity to whip up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies, from bill granger's 'sydney food' - quick, simple and delicious, especially eaten warm straight from the oven.
the recipe is perfect for cooking with kids. it is so basic that nothing can really go wrong. max (4 years) was very happy weighing, sifting, breaking eggs, and using the mezzaluna to chop up the chocolate (i didn't have any chocolate chips). just make sure to keep an eye on them in the oven as they only need the merest hint of golden colour to indicate their readiness. the chewier the better, i say.
in his book, bill suggests making a double batch and freezing half for another day. good idea!!! will definitely do that next time. they were a big hit with the kiddies and grandparents. and me and bruno. needless to say, there were none left the following day.
chocolate chip cookies (via bill granger's 'sydney food')
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups tightly packed brown sugar (*sniff* not having any brown sugar, i used raw sugar)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 lightly beaten egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of chocolate bits ( i only had a few half bars of lindt 70% dark chocolate leftover from a flourless choccy cake a while back. i, or rather max, chopped those up into haphazard chunks and it was perfect. the dark bitter chocolate is a good foil for the sweetness of the cookie)
- preheat oven to 180°c (350°F)
- beat butter and sugar in a bowl until light and creamy.
- add vanilla and egg and stir to combine (hmmm, i beat mine in with electric beaters. seemed to work out ok though)
- stir in sifted flour , baking powder and salt until just combined. it will be quite a stiff dough.
- fold through chocolate bits.
- place spoonsfuls (i used teasoonsful, slightly flattened with a fork) of cookie mix onto a lined baking tray. be sure to leave room for spreading.
- cook for 15 - 20 mins until PALE golden. don't be tempted to brown them too much. they are much nicer when still chewy on the inside. remember, they will harden upon cooling.
- cool on the tray for 5 mins, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. store in an air-tight container, if they last that long!
rating: mmmm, ****