Can i start off with a birthday song?? Happy bday to u.. happy bday to u.. happy bday dear hubster.. happy bday to uuuuuuuuu! hehe... yesterday was hubs bday.. he turned 34 and me? ahaks... u do the calculation urself ok.. i remember when i first met him more than a decade ago.. he was just 22yrs old and was smitten by this old lady hahaha.. oh well.. this is what we call "fated".. we fell in love and 2 yrs after we met.. we got hitched :op
Hi all.. how are my readers doing?? i know and i am sorry for not being able to reply to comments.. i hv been keeping well, tho at times there were signs of a little frustration (like yesterday.. tsk tsk) eventho there wasnt much that needed to be packed.. there was lots that needed to be done.. i hv packed like 30 boxes so far and the only thing that i hv to pack bef we move this weekend is our toiletries and the clothing that we are wearing this week.. our store room was a big headache.. i still had 8 boxes that were hidden for the past 3 yrs and when i opened them up... i found out that i still had all of Sonia's branded clothing and baby stuff... not forgetting the baby carrier which she didnt use.. the baby clothing that she got during her baby shower.. everything was still in the box and in very good condition... i repacked the whole thing and send it to the salvation army.. i hope it will be of good use to others.. there were boxes full of books... there were boxes full of old curtains.. i guess they were too pretty to be given away back then and now i will pass it on to my sister.. sometimes when it comes to moving house.. u just hv to close ur eyes and put aside things that u dont need .. or just give them a new home...
So ok.. enough abt packing and moving... i think this will be my one and only post for this week... i hope that we will be able to settle in quickly n nicely in our new home.. super mixed feelings actually but i guess thats how it is each time u move to new place.. u leave behind bad memories.. u take with u good ones... every single house that we have stayed in has history and am keeping it close to my heart.. Insyallah ..
Anyway since all my baking pans have been packed n yesterday was hubster's bday.. i thought i shud bake something simple for him.. i couldnt possibly bake him a celebration cake.. after much thought.. i decided to bake him this cookie.. the page that he bookmarked not long ago.... Sonia helped to prepare it and sang hubs a bday song bef she gave a pc to hubs and put aside a pc for herself lol.. love love love the taste of this bittersweet chocolate chip cookies... its crispy on the outside and a little chewy in the middle.. the sea salt that is added gives this cookies a two thumbs up.. love it!!
Notes fm Izy:
- The dough isn’t creamy and it’s not very soft, it’s quite dense and can be crumbly.
- Make sure you scoop the dough at the 1/3 cup size as stated in the recipe – the size of the dough ball contributes tonnes to the final texture of the cookie, so don’t change it!!!!
- It’s also important that the cookie dough is baked straight from the fridge- it needs to be cold and rock hard when it goes into the oven.
Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
inspired by Delancey, adapted from Epicurious and Maury Rubin of City Bakery
makes 11-13 very large cookies
10 tbsp (5 oz / 140g) butter - i used unsalted butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup (230g) all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp (140g) light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp kosher salt / fleur de sel* (plus more for sprinkling) - i used fleur de sel of cos!
7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped - i used 66% valrhona
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Continue to heat it on medium-low on the stove until it foams up and smells nutty then stir in the vanilla extract. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, either in a stand mixer or a large bowl combine the next 6 ingredients (flour through to salt). Pour in the butter and mix until it looks like moist clumpy sand with no floury patches. Add the egg and mix in for a few seconds, then the chopped chocolate and mix until well distributed – but not for too long!
Using a 1/3 cup cookie scoop**, scoop up some of the dough and smoosh it into the scoop until it’s just full. Turn out onto a lined cookie tray, spacing each mound 3″ apart (I managed 4 per tray). Repeat with all of the cookie dough. Cover with cling film and refridgerate for anywhere between 1 – 72 hours (the longer you wait, the better the texture and flavour!!!).
When ready to bake preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). When ready, sprinkle the cold cookie dough with fleur de sel and shove into the oven immediately!! Bake for 8-11 minutes, until browned, with set edges, and a puffy, soft centre. Let cool on the baking tray for a minute before transferring to a wire rack. - i used 180C n baked it for 10mins
*You can sub the fancy salt for a scant 1/2 tsp of table salt in the dough, however you can’t use table salt for sprinkling so either use the fancy salt for sprinkling or just don’t sprinkle at all.
** You can just use a 1/3 cup measure (which equals just over 5 tbsp), then roll the dough into a ball with your hands and slightly flatten into a hemi-sphere on the baking tray.
Note fm me hehe
- i scooped 1/2 tbsp for each cookie.. my ice cream scoop is somewhere in one of my "kitchen" boxes plus i dont think i will ever bake a super huge giant cookie.. ever! i hate HUGE cookies hahaha
Thank you Izy fm TWC for sharing such a wonderful recipe.. shes 16yrs old and the pic that she took of this Bittersweet chocolate cookies.. arghhhh!! i cant stand it!! muahaha - ty for making me munch more than i shud.. its delish and both my kids and the bday boy.. love it!
Wish me luck dearies n i guess i see u next in my new abode!