Monday, 28 November 2011

Her Results - Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's possible that there's nothing better than a really good, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. Joyfully, this recipe produces precisely that.

The recipe called for “bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves”. I’ll be honest, I was too lazy to go to Whole Foods to buy them. Instead I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips, which fortuitously turned out to be rounder and flatter than typical chocolate chips.

I’m fairly sure that it was the mixture of cake and bread flours that contributed to these cookies’ wonderful, chewy consistency. I am not a fan of cakey cookies, and these weren’t cakey in the slightest. And fresh out of the oven, they were ooey gooey heaven!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Recipe 65 - Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm ill :(

I've not really got to do anything today other than sit around in a blanket feeling sorry for myself. If I'm well enough to bake tomorrow I think cookies are what will be required to put me on the path to health. This is a very well regarded recipe.

We'll need:

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons

(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour

1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)

Sea salt.

And ideally a 24 hour chill after making the dough.

His Results - Coconut-Chocolate Patties

These are, as She said, incredibly easy to make.

And they were pretty good too. I didn't put any almond extract in but perhaps I should have done. I think they needed a little something. Perhaps a pinch of salt. They were pretty tasty as they were though!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Her Results - Coconut-Chocolate Patties

Calling all fans of chocolate and coconut! Give these coconut-chocolate patties a try if you're looking for a new item to add to tins of homemade holiday treats or something sweet to nibble on next time you invite friends over to watch TV.

The recipe is so simple - just toast coconut, melt chocolate, and stir it all together with a few drops of almond extract. Spoon patties onto a lined baking sheet, chill and serve. It doesn't get much easier than this.

If you want to use a whole bag of coconut (2 2/3 cups), increase the chocolate to 6 2/3 ounces and the almond extract to 5 drops. I scaled it up and I was happy I did!

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