Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Rachel Allen, Bake
One of the things that we have in the new house that we didn’t have before is Food TV. I cant believe that as a dedicated cook and baker I have existed this long without it :0) Actually, to be honest, I am not a huge TV person and I do have limited time to watch it, but I have been enjoying Rachel Allen, Bake. I love her soft lilting Irish accent. And, being a sucker for cook books, I recently bought her book that goes with the TV series.
Last night was both the first time that I have baked cookies in my new oven and the first time to make something from Rachel’s book. My husband said that he fancied chocolate chip cookies, so I made Rachel’s basic biscuit recipe, varying it to make the cookies dark chocolate with white chocolate chunks. The recipe was so simple – butter, sugar and flour and the cookies turned out just as I like them – quite shortbready. I used dutched cocoa which gave a wonderful depth of flavour and chunks of milky bar. I loved the easiness of these cookies and can see them becoming a favourite as I experiment with different variations.
Double Chocolate Cookies (adapted from Rachel Allen, Bake)
50g dutched cocoa
180g white chocolate cut into chunks
• Cream butter and sugar
• Stir in flour and cocoa and lastly chocolate chunks
• Roll into balls, place on trays and flatten slightly with a fork
• Bake at 170c for about 15 minutes