Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes is the one by Nestle.  It is a classic after all and it is said that it is the original chocolate chip cookie.

We shouldn’t mess with something that has proven, right?  But I have read online that browning butter in recipes make the end product even better.  So I decided to brown the butter.  The results were fantastic!!!

(Note –  I halved the recipe because 4 to 5 dozen cookies are too much for us)

1/2 cup browned, melted butter, cooled
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1-1/8 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

(To get 1/2 cup browned butter, start with 3/4 cup butter.  Melt until it is browned.  Pour into a glass liquid measuring cup with the lovely browned bits up to the 1/2 level.  There may be some melted butter left depending on the butter used.  Leave to cool before using.)

Beat the browned butter and sugar together.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.  Add the combined dry ingredients in 3 additions.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop or scoop onto paper-lined cookie sheets.  Bake in a preheated 350F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.

yum yum yum!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Maple-Oat Bread, No Knead

I am always interested in no knead bread, so when I saw the e-book “Bread Toast Crumbs” by Alexandra Stafford, and read all the good reviews, I did not hesitate to buy it.  I was excited to try the recipes!

The first recipe I chose is this –

I felt it was perfect, since my mother had just given me a bottle of maple syrup, a souvenir from her recent trip to Canada.

I baked mine in loaf pans.  And, I can attest that this is a super easy bread to make, delicious to boot!!!

Of course I sent one over to my mom, after all, she gave me the maple syrup!!!

The recipe can be found online here.

 

 

THE Best Waffles, Ever!

The little girl woke me up. I was rather surprised to discover that I had, in fact, overslept.

Anyway, the little girl had not eaten breakfast yet and was (apparently) hungry (which is why, presumably, she woke me up); moreover, she had something in mind…

Nope, not her (usual) favorite pancakes. Instead, she wanted waffles.

She was under the impression that pancakes and waffles were the same, except in form. I explained that they were somewhat similar but really quite different.

The recipe I used is a good one, producing waffles which were crunchy on the outside but fluffy in the middle. But it is unlikely that I will make waffles again.

Why? you may ask.

Well because it took me 2 hours to make 10 waffles! And seriously! I don’t recall waffles taking THAT much time before. Maybe it has something to do with the waffle iron? I used to have a waffle iron that was a large round (which I was told was Belgian-style, but I don’t really know). That one (a wedding gift) drowned in the big flood almost a decade ago and I was not inclined to buy another one (a single use appliance that uses a lot of space…). But I recently received a 3-in-1 waffle-sandwich-mini donut maker so when the young one asked for waffles I said why not (it was another recipe to try using buttermilk…)

Could it be that the round waffler cooked faster than the squarish one (which I was told was American style?)

Anyway, here is the recipe I used –

1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, separated

Begin by preheating the waffle iron.

Place all ingredients except egg whites in a bowl and stir using a wooden spoon or spatula. Mix until just combined. Set aside.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the batter into the egg whites.

Pour about 1/3 cup of batter in each waffle square and close the cover.  Wait until the steam is gone before opening the cover again.  (I like to brush butter on the iron.)

Keep the cooked waffles warm in an oven while you finish the rest.

Enjoy with butter and syrup!  And coffee!

Nancy Drew Blondies

While I love (real) cookbooks, there is something to be said about hundreds (or even thousands) of (e)cookbooks in a handy-dandy Kindle!  Which is where I have my copy of Hand Made Baking…

Considering I have loads of cookbooks, it is not surprising that I have not baked from each and every one of them.  (It would be surprising if I had…) But once in a while, I come across something I find interesting… very interesting…

i just have to make it… so…

Even if my age will show, I will admit that as a child, I went through the whole series of Nancy Drew (they were in that famous yellow-colored hard-bound books) and the blondies ARE pretty popular!

As usual, I made some minor adjustments – like I reduced the sugar ever so slightly, then I used 2 kinds of chocolate chips but skipped the white chips, using instead butterscotch chips. And since walnuts are way too expensive here, I used the local cashews… and for this batch, doubled the recipe.

170 grams butter
350 grams muscovado sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large cold eggs
2 cups flour
3/4 cup each bittersweet and dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup broken-up cashews

Preheat the oven to 350*F.  Line an 10×12-in baking pan with greaseproof paper, leave an overhang on all sides.

Melt the butter over low heat; remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, vanilla and salt.  Mix until smooth.  Beat in the eggs.  Add the flour, chips and nuts all at once.  Stir until just combined.  Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.  Bake about 35 to 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Cool completely in the pan before cutting into serving pieces.

Orange Loaf

We had a couple of oranges just sitting fridge. The little girl did not want juice and no one else wanted to eat them. I was getting worried that it would spoil… sooner or later…

So as usual, I looked for something to bake that would use the orange! Obvious solution, orange cake! Of course I did not ordinary orange cake, I wanted ooommmph… which meant some form of alcohol content!

I found a solution in the book “Booze Cakes”… the recipe that was entitled “Screwdriver Cupcakes”.  The original recipe used orange vodka, but i used triple sec (I did not have orange vodka on hand!)  The recipe also specified coconut but I skipped that as well.

The idea of a frosting, while tempting, was also dismissed.  I was thinking of sharing the cake with my mother and she does not appreciate frostings!  So I baked the recipe in 2 loaf pans and when they finished baking I just brushed a mix of marmalade and orange juice on top to make a sticky orange loaf!  As extra, I placed some candied orange (diced) on top of one of the loaves (this loaf went to my mom).

Hubby and the little girl loved it!  The little girl!  who often disliked any flavor other than chocolate!  The little girl asked for seconds and thirds!!!

My mom (and younger brother) loved it too!

Wow!

Also, a tip that I learned – takes more work, I know, but believe me, IT IS WORTH IT!!!!

Rub the orange zest in the sugar!!!!!!

Fudgy Brownies from Bravetart

It is very very fudgy and super chocolate-y, but I wonder why it doesn’t have the crispy crust on top?  Maybe because I used a glass baking dish instead of an anodized baking pan?

Well, I guess that’s it, especially after I read this article.  So now I am on a mad search for an anodized baking pan (or maybe a set…)

Anyway, I bought the book!  Which is rare these days.  I used to collect cookbooks and have hundreds but lately I only buy a book when I really really like it and even then I usually buy the digital version – there is something about being able to bring hundreds or thousands of cookbooks with you all the time.  I like that I can just open my tablet or Kindle and read anywhere, anytime!  Then again, I still like the feel of pages… so…

I bought the book!  I know I could have relied on the recipes that could be found online but after reading all the reviews and hearing all good things about the book… I resisted no further and clicked the “buy” button.

The recipe for brownies was the first I tried.  It’s rather complicated compared to my own brownie recipe (which doesn’t require a mixer even) but still worth it because it is delicious!  Of course hubby declares this brownie (and all others too) as “never as good as” mine but then again, he is my number 1 fan and a super loyalist! (hahaha)

The recipe can be found here.

(Now, where the heck can I find anodized pans????)

Peanut Butter Cookies!!!

It’s laundry day.  Usually I am done in a couple of hours but today is the day we wash the sheets and blankets…

So… 7 hours later…

I am sitting in the kitchen, tired and hot, but feeling fidgety… like I want to do something but in the same breath, too lazy to do anything.

Enter these cookies… the recipe that I made when I was 10 years old.  The recipe that got me hooked on baking and after, cooking…

This recipe:

from The Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies Cookbook, published in 1975.  The only cookbook in my library that survived Ondoy 9 years ago.  It survived simply because it was such a precious book for me that I kept it in my dresser drawer…

The recipe specifies that the dough is formed by way of a cookie press but I’ve always formed the dough into balls.

This time I decided to make variations… plain soft and chewy, crispy peanut butter cookie sandwiches with chocolate, choco chip peanut butter, and peanut butter kisses…

My favorite?  the plain soft and chewy peanut butter cookies, of course!

I took a bite and it was like I was 10 years old again,  I even managed a little dance of joy.  It was a great comfort, especially with a cup of good coffee… a nice bit of comfort after a long, lazy day.

Flat Bread… and Shrimp Curry!

The little girl likes flat bread.

When she discovered that I had bread dough in the fridge, she (sort of) requested her favorite flat bread.

And I am happy to oblige!  But then I couldn’t leave it at that.  The bread had to have something to slop up.

The perfect dish?  Curry of course!

The flat bread is easy – grab a small piece,flatten it and then cook it in a hot, lightly oiled frying pan… what’s important is to keep the flat bread warm.

As for the shrimp curry, clean and devein 500 grams of shrimp or prawns.  Set aside.  Sauté some ginger and sliced onions.  Add 2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder mix (I get mine from the local Indian store – they have a really nice chicken and seafood curry blend) and stir fry several seconds.  Add about 1-1/2 or up to 2 cups of coconut milk then add the shrimp.  When the shrimp is done, add sliced red bell peppers (I used a large red one that BFF gave me) and season to taste.  The dish is ok to serve at this point.  But I like to add about 1/2 cup coconut cream just to have extra creaminess.

So yummy!!!

 

Fried Bread

cheese. homemade bread. deep-fried.

what’s not to love!!!!

oh so yummy!

the bread is the same whey bread yesterday… as for the cheese, it is homemade and was given to hubby as a gift last Christmas (yes I know, it took a while to get through all the food gifts!)

deep frying the bread was a fantastic idea!  the resulting texture is different but yummy all the same!

I wonder what else I can do with the whey bread?

 

Bread, Again…

I am making bread again.  Yay!  I have some time again, these days…

My favorite bread is my No-Knead Whey Bread.  I usually have whey when I make yogurt and I have time to make yogurt these days too.

This time, though, I decided to skip the sugar and add more olive oil (and lessening some water)

I do love the texture and taste of this bread – the adding of the whey makes the resulting bread mimic a sour dough quality.  As for the texture, it is chewy but no hard.  Just perfect!