Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sunday's Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Cookies and Charity Car boot Sale


Happy Sunday and welcome to Sunday’s Kitchen! We love cooking and I thought it would be nice to share some of our favorite recipes. We had a sweet start with the Cheesecake and Brownie and it will be a third week in a row to share a dessert, but no, we don’t eat just sweets and soon there will be some delicious savory recipes! Until then, it’s time for some Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I loved that there was a special reason behind last week's recipe and I am very happy this week’s baking treat was inspired again, this time for a very noble cause – Cancer Research UK. Living in a small town has it's charms and one of them is deffinitely the community events. Hundred thanks to a lovely mummy I have just recently met, who was one of the organizers of a Car Boot Sale in aid of Cancer Research UK and it was after her request when the cookies were baked.

Here are few moments from the event taken on camera:

At the door "Welcome to the Car Boot Sale in aid of Cancer Research"

One of the stalls with buys for parents and children

Treats for sale with all of the proceeds going to charity

Entertainment for the children

And some snack for the parents

The event succeeded in raising over  £500! Well done to the team and everyone involved! 
Looking forward to the next one!

And now, time for a recipe. If you want to surprise loved ones with some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies, you will need an hour and the following products:

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 150g dark brown soft sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 325g chocolate chips (some Chocolate Buttons from Holland and Barett did a great job)
1. For good results, it is very important for the oven to be preheated well, so this is the first thing to do before anything else. Turn the oven to 170C or gas mark 3. Then grease the tins or the baking trays (don't put in the oven, leave aside.).

2. Sift together in a bowl the flour, soda and salt and whisk them, so they spread evenly. Then leave aside.


3. Melt the butter and add it to the brown sugar and caster sugar. Mix well.


4. Separately beat the vanilla, egg and egg yolk, until the texture is light and creamy. Then add to the butter and sugar mixture. Whisk well. 


5.  And lastly, mix everything from part 4 with the flour from part 2, until well blended. The mixture will be dark and sticky. Add the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.  


6. Now it's time to put them on the tray. Take some dough and shape it in the form of a small ball. When you are placing the balls on the tray, make sure, you leave enough space between them so they can spread. The size of the ball depends on the size of the cookies you want. For bigger cookies I used roughly 4 teaspoons of the dough. 



7. Put in the oven for 15-17 min, but NOT longer, if you want the cookie to be chewy, instead of crispy. Take them out and leave to cool for a few minutes. The cookies should be puffy and a bit soft. It doesn't mean they are undercooked, they will harden eventually, but still will be nice and chewy. Transfer them, if they keep together and don't fall apart, everything is fine!  


This is the first time to make cookies ever and luckily, they turned out to be very tasty. I used the following recipe for Chocolate Cookies which is really easy, but needed some slight alterations. The reviews underneath are very helpful, as well! 






Happy Baking and don't forget to share a picture if you decide to try this recipe!


                             

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