Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Ultimate Chocolate Chips Cookies....step by step.



Yeah! these choc chip cookies are THE ultimate, THE best ever cookies full stop!. The most frustrating thing about us homemakers/bakers is that we are constantly experimenting on cookies, cakes.... and keeps experimenting till we GET that PERFECT recipe and guys THIS IS IT, the best ever chocolate chips cookies....it's oooey, gooey, in the center and crunchy munchy towards the side and mind you it is a big fat cookie....oh! writing about it is already making me grab my cookie jar.

I make this often, kids love them...no..they swear by them....and these cookies store well (compared to cakes) and not once I mean not even ONCE I was disappointed with this perfect crunchy chewy cookies.....all cookieholics...beware!! once you try this you will be addicted to it and make this again and again....so don't tell me I didn't warn you :)


I think the magic in this cookie recipe is that extra egg yolk....or may be the brown sugar....and ya, talking of brown sugar...this is something which is costly and difficult to get at this part of the world. So I always substitute it with jaggery; (I always melt jaggery and refrigerate it). To get 1 cup of brown sugar add 2 tbsp of jaggery...that's it, homemade brown sugar substitute is ready in your hand.....so guys don't let the brown sugar thing put you OFF from making this cookie....this is a NO EXCUSE cookie....so lets get started.

Recipe Source: Browned eyed baker , originally from baking illustrated.


Ingredients:
Flour: 2 cups plus 2 tbsp.
Baking soda: 1/2 tsp.
Salt: 1/2 tsp.
Unsalted butter: 1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp), melted and cooled until warm (150 gms)
Brown sugar: 1 cup (see above for substitute)
Granulated sugar: 1/2 cup.
Egg: 1 large plus 1 egg yolk.
Vanilla: 2 tsp.
Semi sweet chocolate chips: 1 -1 1/2 cups.

How I made them:
Butter and line baking sheet with parchment paper and keep aside. ( I normally do not line with parchment paper when I bake these cookies, just grease with butter.)
Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt and keep aside. Omit the salt if using salted butter.
Melt butter and allow it to cool until warm.

Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar into it and mix using an electric beater until thoroughly blended. 


Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla mixing until well incorporated. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until combined. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 degree C.




Stir in the chocolate chips. 




Grease your hand with a little butter or oil and pinch of medium sized balls, lightly flatten them and place them on the lined baking tray. (leave 2 inch gaps between cookies as they will spread out during baking). 


Bake for about 18 to 20 min or until cookies are light golden brown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft and puffy, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets with a  metal spatula.


Store in air tight container or cookie jars.


I would recommend adding chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips for that extra ooey chocolatey yumminess....If you like crunchy crispy cookies (not ooey gooey ones) just bake them a little longer.


Enjoy with a glass of milk


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Drumstick leaves Dal Curry.



Moringa ela aka drumstick leaves is high in nutrition and available in abundance in Kerala. There is one tree in my backyard and I love to add them in my curries.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lemon Glaze.




This is my ultimate coconut cake which I have been telling you about in my last post. I drizzled lemon glaze on top of the cake and it tasted perfect.....I am not going to start again about this cake.....Try it and you will love the coconutey and lemony flavor.

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Monday, November 07, 2011

My Ultimate Coconut Cake......step by step pics.




I love coconut cakes for a change....I am chocoholic by birth, I admit that....but occasionally I wouldn't mind making something not so chocolatey....my son is a Bounty Bar-holic...he just loves that bar filled with coconut and chocolate on the outer covering.....and when I spread melted chocolate and sprinkled desiccated coconut on top...he stated this cake has an almost Bounty Bar taste.

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