Friday, 22 May 2015

Fat Friday #39 Triple Chocolate Cookies

Its the cookie in its ultimate form! Dark, milk, white and caramel buttons all in one biscuit. These cookies are ideal to take into work at a party for snacks or fuel for revision. (Or do what I did, and horde them away to eat when you need a chocolate fix) 

Recipe: Makes 25 cookies (Recipe adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift) 
  •      200g unsalted butter, softened
  •      250g golden caster sugar
  •      1 egg
  •      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •      150g dark chocolate
  •      320g plain flour
  •      1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  •      ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  •      150g roughly chopped milk chocolate
  •      50g caramel buttons
  •      50g roughly chopped white chocolate

  •     Baking sheets lined with silicone paper x 3
  •     Saucepan with a little water
  •     Heatproof bowl
  •     Bowl
  •     Sieve
  •     Wooden spoon/handheld whisk
  •     Wirerack

1.Place the dark chocolate in the heatproof bowl and place over the saucepan of warm water. This will melt the chocolate.
2. Meanwhile sieve flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and set aside.
3.Cream the butter and sugar together, in another bowl,until creamy and fluffy.
4.Add the vanilla and egg to the creamed mixture.
5.Pour in the melted chocolate until combined.
6.Lastly, add the dry mixture and fold into combine into a soft dough. Place in the fridge for the dough to firm up for 10 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 180c/160f/Gas Mark 4 in the meantime.
8. Portion the dough into 25 small balls and squash until flat and about 1cm thickness. (If you want to be precise, their about 28g per cookie).
9. Place 5 or 6 cookies on a baking sheet, to allow the cookies to spread. Bake for 5 minutes, turn the trays around and bake for a further 4 minutes. The cookies should be firm on the outside but still a little soft in the middle.

10. Leave the cookies on the baking sheets to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Have a great weekend and happy baking! 

Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 8 May 2015

So, I won an award!

Good Morning everyone! I know its not a Fat Friday post again this week but I have some amazing news. 

Firstly, lets get the bad news out of the way. The reason I haven't been posting very much lately, especially on Fat Fridays is that, I've been very very sick lately and haven't had the energy to bake at home. At college I have been working hard on my centrepiece, which is consuming much of my time at college, so baking time is hard to squeeze in. Also, I've been financially struggling, in terms of buying ingredients to use for JUST for Fat Fridays, rather then just baking for a special occasion. 

Moving onto good news, I've finally moved onto moving video. I've started up two Youtube channels, one of which is my personal Youtube channel for this blog and the other is for my cake business called The Pastry Girls. I'll try to upload whenever I can, much like the blog at the moment. I'm still getting used to the video editing software, so the videos aren't the best but I'm working on them to improve my skills. 

Lastly, I'm very happy to announce that myself and one of my business partners were both nominated for student achievement awards for the Institute of Hospitality (Southern Branch). I'm proud to say that I got second place in 'Hospitality services' and Chloe (business partner) won in her category of 'Food service'! (You can check out my award video submission and Chloes submission video

Congrats Chloe, you deserved it and all your hard work was well deserved! It was a great evening (even though I was coughing and sneezing all over the place.)
That's all the news so far and I'll keep you all posted!
Have a great weekend!
Bake On! Penny x
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