Lately my life has been hectic, I’ve been feeling very stressed and unable to switch off. Lack of sleep until I’ve literally just heaped into an exhausted bundle that only my partner can wake me from.
So what do I do? To switch off? Unwind and ignore the world? I bake.
I’ve for years failed to bake a cookie. I normally get cake like consistency, they all melt into each other and/or they burn into a big tray bake. This has annoyed me for a long time but never deterred me!
So today as its sunday I normally like to watch re-runs of The Great British Bake Off and bake.
I had on my list today:
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!
I was determined to crack them and crack them I did. The recipe I used:
150g salted butter, softened
80g light brown sugar
2 small- medium eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
225g plain flour (I used self-raising and still turned out great!)
200g of mixed dark and plain chocolate chips
Preheat oven 190C/170F/Gas 5.
Cream the butter and sugar until very creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs.
Sieve the flour and bicarbonate. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
I personally used a stand mixed and just wacked it on until I had quite a stiff mixture.
Using a teaspoon, I found this size best. Scoop a small mound onto a lined baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes.
I ended up doing 4 to a large tray and 3 to my smaller one. I probably made about 7-8 batches. The trick I found to this, be patient.
You really want to wait until they’ve cooled totally before taking off the baking paper so that the centres don’t fall out where they stick.
Hands down the best recipe I’ve ever used and I’m really happy with how they turned out!