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Sunday baking…

Lately I’ve been cooking a lot with chocolate – brownies, biscotti, more brownies – I was really craving oatmeal raisin cookies after this blog post on Smitten Kitchen. I tried the recipe from Friends (I’m not sure if it was an official Friends recipe though, lol) a couple of years ago and they were indeed the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever. I don’t know why it took me such a long time to make them again, they are perfect cookies.

I used the recipe from A Spoonful of Sugar in the end and it turned out some gorgeous cookies – crumbly, chewy and crispy.

The only thing I’d change about this is the amount of sugar, as they are a bit too sweet, even for me. I think next time I will go down to 200g in total of brown sugar. The mixture was quite dry anyway so I think taking out the sugar will help next time.

The beauty of this recipe is that it makes LOTS of cookies, my batch made about 45 – probably more if I hadn’t made the first batch bigger than I should have, the cookies spread out quite a bit when they bake.
I froze half of the mixture. To do this form into dough balls, freeze on a tray and then chuck them in a freezer bag – you can cook them from frozen (I’d double the cooking time for this). I like doing this, nothing cheers up a bad day like fresh cookies made with no effort.

I think next time I am going to experiment with a bit of lemon zest or maybe cranberries and raisins.

xx

Chocolate Heaven


Double choc chip cookies, originally uploaded by lazygiraffe.

I am not responsible for any diets broken by this blog post.

Today I made double chocolate chip cookies, I have recently managed to perfect making brownies, after several failed attempts in the past, so I have been a bit brownie made recently and fancied a change.

I know these are still chocolate but cookies are something quite different :) They are much better with tea (or milk of course) too.

These are adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe (I can’t bear Nigella Lawson herself but she does have some great recipes) which was really really heavy on the chocolate. I admit to having to tone it down a little bit – for the sake of my health and the fact that I didn’t have 500g of chocolate, which is what the recipe required. Instead I used 100g of chocolate and about 75g for the chips. I used chopped up dark chocolate rather than cooking chocolate chips as I prefer to use proper chocolate.

These are great soft cookies and they are so chocolatey but not too cakey and bakey so they aren’t too dense. These are the best ones I’ve ever made. The only problem with these is that you have to wait at least 5 or 10 mins for them to crisp up a bit and the chocolate to set before stuffing your face.

If you have broken your diet with these, you probably won’t care anyway because they are too good.

Cinnamon and Nutella cake


This has to be the easiest cake to make ever, and its very very tasty too.

The recipe basically calls for putting everything in the bowl at once (except the nutella) and mixing it all up, no creaming of butter and sugar or sifting of flour needed. I even melted the butter in the oven entirely, so it saved me a job there too.

This is a great cake to make in the evening or on a Sunday afternoon when you have little motivation to make something and all the shops are closed- but you NEED cake.

I had a bit of Hotel Chocolate Smudge in the cupboard, which I used instead, its a lot more hazlenutty which made up for the fact that I had no hazlenuts in the cupboard either.

Was gorgeous with a steaming mug of tea, just the thing for a rainy weekend!

And because I haven’t blogged about jewellery for a while… these are my newest creations.
Lovely vintage pink chalcedony with tanzanite and pearls on oxidized silver.

Baking success and feline antics!

A bit of a mixed last couple of days…

Firstly, I finally succeeded to make lemon drizzle cake! Normally it turns out a bit of a sunken mess, but this time it rose perfectly, was light and the topping nice and sweet and tangy and crunchy. :)

I used this recipe (it doesn’t come out as grey brown looking as that picture though, its very much golden and a lovely lemony colour inside).

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4942/lemon-drizzle-cake

It was gorgeous with a bit of ice cream.

We’ve also had a bit of cat drama in our household! We cooked a lovely roast chicken yesterday too, and kept the rest in the fridge to eat today. Got home from work this evening to find the fridge door broken into and a very greasy and guilty looking cat. She has had to be washed with pet shampoo as she had a greasy head, so that was her punishment. Look at the guilt:


She’s in the dog/cathouse this evening!

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