Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cookie Mad: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Chocolate White Choc Chip)

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So you might have guessed that lately I've been on a bit of a cookie kick.
They're portable, adaptable, easy to make andddd I have a family of cookie fiends.

I had a request for Double Chocolate Cookies (inspired by Subway's Double Choc Chip Cookies) 
so I got to work in the kitchen. 

But that's where the trouble started. 
The recipe I had was all sorts of wrong.

As I looked down the ingredients list, I realised that it just wasn't going to work.
No eggs. No wet ingredients. No raising agents.

So what did I do? Improvise!
I figured in the last couple of months I've made enough cookies to at least try to bake completely on instinct.
So I crossed my fingers and went to work. 

Once the cookies were in the oven I spent the next fifteen minutes looking from my computer screen to the oven - hoping and praying they didn't turn into a tray of cookie lava or be a complete fail.
Thankfully they didn't do either - I had soft and chewy Double Chocolate Chip cookies that smelt amazing. 

Yes, I most definitely was proud of my baking skills - fluke or no fluke :P

Being the smart cookie I am (heh)
I also wrote down what I did so I could share the recipe with you if it was a success! 
These cookies have soft centres with chewy edges and are probably the love child of a cookie and a brownie. 
If you love the chocolatey flavour of brownies but just can't go past the old faithful cookie - these are for you. 

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(Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies) 
recipe by ksayerphotography 
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

125g Butter
1/2C White Sugar
1/2C Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
Pinch of Salt
1 1/4C Flour 
1 tsp Baking Powder 
1 tsp Baking Soda
2/3C Cocoa Powder
1/3C Milk
1 1/2C White Chocolate Chips (or as much as you prefer)

Preheat oven to 165*C/330*F 
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
Add flour, raising agents, cocoa and salt and mix until combined.
Slowly add in milk (while mixing) until a soft dough forms.
Mix in chocolate chips until evenly dispersed throughout the dough.
Cover bowl and leave to chill in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes - or until firm and workable.

Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place on lined cookie sheets 2-3" apart.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are cooked. 
Leave to cool completely on trays.

- If you want a really chocolatey cookie, switch the white chocolate chips for milk or dark.
- For a crispier, crunchier cookie, bake for 20-25 minutes.
- The cookies will firm up once they cool, so don't worry if the middles seem soft. 
- Try adding dried fruit/nuts/more chocolate chips to make your ultimate cookie. 
- Don't try working with the dough before you chill it, you'll end up with a huge mess.
- The dough freezes extremely well, so why not make extras and pop them in the freezer for when the cookie monster hits! 

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So tell me, 
Are you a chocolate or a vanilla kind of person?! 

I love chocolate straight up, on it's own.
If you offered me a cake or a piece of chocolate - I'd choose chocolate :P
Or anything sweet or a piece of chocolate, really.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wake me up..

....before you go go cocoa.

I'm probably a marketer's dream consumer.
I'm a highly visual person so of course I'm going to be influenced by what something looks like.
I'm kind of ashamed to admit that if there were two identical products on a shelf, but one was pink - I'd pick the pink one every time.

So what do you think my reaction was went I was sent two mueslis from Therapeutic Gourmet?
Wake Me Up B4 U Cocoa and Get Up and Goji
I think my first reaction was cuteeeeeeeeeee followed closely by this song running through my head on repeat.
In fact, everytime I see the muesli, the song gets stuck in my head - but it's a good song to be stuck with!

Wake Me Up B4 U Cocoa is a mix of raw organic cocoa, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, flaxseeds, buckwheat kernels, puffed sorghum, puffed corn, rice bran flakes, cinnamon, vanilla and bush honey.
It's a high protein, nutritionally balanced muesli that will give you the energy to go-go :P

At first I thought I was going to find this too sweet, but I was pleased to find that wasn't the case.
The sweet bush honey was the perfect balance to the dark roasted cocoa, leaving only a hint of bitter cocoa flavour.
I loved that it stayed crunchy to the last spoonful thanks to all the delicious honey roasted nuts and seeds.
And it's fun too! I guess you could say it's like cocoa pops for a more mature palate? 

Get Up and Goji is a mix of organic Tibetan goji berries, honey roasted almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, buckwheat kernels, puffed corn, puffed brown rice, puffed sorghum, coconut flakes and spices.

Again, this muesli is protein packed and full of flavour.
Get Up and Goji is a little sweeter than Wake Me Up B4 U Cocoa due to the absence of cocoa and the addition of goji berries.
It tastes great eaten with milk or yogurt and also makes a perfect trail mix style snack!

Therapeutic Gourmet's Muesli's are available from a number of online stores, but if you're interested - send off a quick email to for more info! 

So tell me, 
Are you influenced by the marketing of products? 
and what's the one song that always gets stuck in your head?! 

While I am influenced by the look of products, I'm rarely influenced by their claims. 
I'll also not buy something specifically because it's covered in claims that it will help you lose weight, 

One song that always gets stuck in my head when someone mentions it is...
Copacabana by Barry Manilow (and if my mum reads this, she'll be cursing at me :P)
So now you know what song will be stuck in my head all day!
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Perfectionism pays off - The ultimate Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, I'm a bit of a perfectionist.
There, I said it!

I'm not happy until a recipe is perfect
and I will never ever serve something to someone I'm not happy with.

I think being a recipe tester would probably be a dream job for me.
Testing recipes day in and day out, being paid to bake or cook and tweak recipes until they're perfect time and time again - aah!
Anyone need a recipe tester? ;)

My sister is a perfectionist's nightmare.
She will always find a little something she doesn't like or something you could've done differently.
So, being the perfectionist I am, I have been searching for her ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. 
Sounds easy, no? Heh.. right..

First issue? 
My sister tends to like the cookie dough more than baked cookies.
 Sure, I could just give her bowl after bowl of cookie dough, but that's not a challenge.

[Begin weeks of recipe tweaking and testing here]  

Soft cookies were the answer.
The type of cookies that stay soft even after they've cooled completely and have been sitting in a container.
But, my dear sister, also likes chewy cookies - so I had to find a cookie that had chewy edges and a ever-soft centre.

I changed flour ratios, butter ratios, chilled dough, used only egg yolks, changed baking temperatures, altered baking times and tried a million different techniques.
And then, I came up with a brilliant recipe on a whim 
(I think I need to thank the baking gods for this victory, however)

I had found THE ULTIMATE Soft Choc Chip Cookie.
Soft centres.
Slightly doughy.
Chewy edges.
Just the right amount of chocolate chips.

and best of all? 
It can be made into crunchy cookies with the perfect amount of chew just by increasing the cooking time.
Perfect for my family who is split down the middle with soft cookie and crispy cookie lovers :P

The Ultimate Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Pin It
makes about 2 dozen medium cookies

150g Butter, softened slightly
2/3C Brown Sugar
1/2C White Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2C Flour 
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
~1C Chocolate Chips 
(This is really a personal preference - so add however much you feel is right!)

Preheat oven to 165*C
With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until incorporated.
Mix in chocolate chips until they are dispersed evenly throughout the dough.
Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and refridgerate for 15-30 minutes until dough is quite firm.
(Note: on my second batch I actually left the dough for 2+ hours and it worked perfectly - just took a little bit of effort to work into balls)

Once the dough has chilled, roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place on a lined baking tray about 4cm/1.5 inches apart.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until edges are cooked and golden (the centres will still be soft).
For crispy cookies: Leave for 15-20 minutes depending on your desired amount of crispiness.
Leave cookies to cool completely on trays before transferring to a container/serving tray.

Now, I'd like to tell you how long they last.
But, errr, I can't - because they don't last.
They'll be gobbled up in the blink of an eye!

So tell me, 
Are you a perfectionist in the kitchen? (or in general)
and What's one recipe you just. can't. get. 

I once spent a week having the exact same baked oatmeal breakfast every single day because I was trying to perfect my recipe. 
(This is really unusual for me - I never have the same breakfast two days in a row, 
I at least change my topping combinations :P)
But now, I have perfected it! Worth the repeat breakfasting :P

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Can't mess with the classics!

I love experimenting with food. 
Some of my favourite meals have been created by me adding a little bit of this and a dash of that and mixing flavours that you wouldn't think would go together. 

But you can't always mess around with recipes. 
Some dishes are classics and need to be just right

My family is really into authentic asian style dishes and curries,
I've looked up recipes on the internet only to find hugeeeeeeeeeeeee long ingredient lists of ingredients I wouldn't ever have in my pantry.
Not. my. style. 

Ex MasterChef contestant Marion Grasby has come out with a food range of packs which contain all of the essentials you need to create classic Thai dishes. 
That means you can create delicious meals with ease, saving you the hassle of buying a tonne of ingredients from the Asian grocer that will probably sit idle in your pantry for months - if not years.

The Thai Satay Stick pack contains a satay marinade that is full of garlic, pepper and tumeric as well as a satay sauce packed with roasted peanuts and a delicious blend of cumin, coriander seeds and a touch of tumeric. 
All you need to add is 600g diced chicken or pork and the skewers (or you could make it even easier by just marinade chicken fillets in the marinade and grilling as is) and you have a delicious authentic Thai style meal on your table! 

All of the pastes, sauces and marinades in Marion's packs are based on her own recipes which she's learned and developed from a lifetime of eating and cooking. 

Satay flavours can be a very personal thing.
My family decided Marion's sauce was missing that little something - the oomph factor.
But that's where experimenting comes into play - a dash of this, a drizzle of that.

The Marion's Kitchen Range is available at Woolworths, IGA and other independent stores across Australia. The Thai Satay Sticks pack has a RRP of $6.99

But do tell me,
Is there a classic dish you just can't mess with?
or maybe it's just a favourite recipe you never stray from?

I used have certain dishes which could not be altered in any way or I just wouldn't eat them
but now I'm more open to trying new things.
As i've started cooking the majority of my meals I've become more flexible - missing an ingredient? just replace it with something similar!
 But there are those dishes that just don't taste right unless they're what I remember :P
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