Sunday, 29 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Makes about 2 Cups
¼ Cup Soft Silken Tofu
2 Tablespoons Liquid Glucose
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 Cups Icing Sugar, sifted if lumpy
Using a handheld blender, or whisk, blend the tofu until smooth and lump free.
Add the glucose and vanilla and whisk in.
Stir in the sugar until sugar is as well mixed as possible, then knead to incorporate the remaining sugar.
Keep kneading until smooth and supple.
Color with a few drops of food coloring as required, and knead to incorporate.
When rolling use icing sugar to stop sticking, and roll onto sugared parchment paper for ease of handing.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
It was H's birthday over the weekend! Have a look at his cake. It's meant to be half a foorball, (soccer ball) but I had to use a blue-green icing instead of black.
Tasted great, and he had a wonderful birthday so that is all that matters!
Saturday, 14 August 2010
After a swim, a cookie. M&R with their friends MJ and AJ enjoy Almond Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies!
My girls don't usually like almonds but almond butter and ground almonds hidden in chocolate chocolate chip cookies seems to be perfectly acceptable. Who would have guessed??
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Coffee time!!! With a hit of caffeine these cookies are a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The base cookie dough isn’t overly sweet so the sugar sprinkles are necessary to ensure the final coffee taste isn’t too bitter.
Use decaf coffee if you’d prefer!
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 18
¾ Cup light Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Shortening
¼ Cup Margarine
¼ Cup very strong Espresso, at room temperature, OR dissolve 3 Tablespoons of Instant Coffee in ¼ Cup boiling Water
½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 ½ Cups Plain Flour
¼ Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, or more Plain
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 teaspoons Instant Coffee, or Espresso, Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Cup Chocolate Chips
Turbinado Sugar to sprinkle
Preheat oven to 375°F, and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
In a large bowl cream together the sugar, shortening, and margarine until thick and creamy.
Add the espresso, and extract and beat in. The mix will look curdled once mixed but it is OK.
Sift in the flour, sugar, cornstarch, coffee powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda then mix to form a soft dough.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop dough into heaping Tablespoons and roll into balls. Flatten in your palms to form 2” discs, then place on prepared trays 2” apart.
Sprinkle turbinado sugar on the top of each cookie.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until bottoms browned but cookies still soft.
Cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to complete cooling.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
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Saturday, 7 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
So, for my post today I have a question / request.
Please tell me your favourite Chocolate Chip Cookie flavour variation. Comments please!
I'll pick one and make it then post, and you never know, it could turn up in a future book!
Also, there's still 2 days to enter my Vegan with a Vengeance giveaway!! Go enter.
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
to give away to one lucky person!! (That would be Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz if you don't get the picture.)
I thought long and hard about how to structure this give-away. I've seen many where you have to become a blog follower (nice if you would), or a FB follower (it's HERE if you're interested), or link in twitter or other type thing, or answer some question or whatever, but in the end I decided that would be too much work.
If you want the book leave a comment. Any comment, about anything. Though this is a family friendly blog and any swears will get you disqualified.
I'll get the winner randomly chosen on Sunday (which gives you 5 days) either by the girls picking a name from the hat, or a number generator or something.
Good luck all.
ETA - Give-away open to everyone everywhere.
Monday, 2 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Here are the sellers ready to sell.
We had a yard sale yesterday to clear out a heap of the toys and clothes the girls have grown out of. We didn't sell everything so the leftovers got donated, but did pretty well. The girls have spent most of their proceeds on a new toy each, and have decided to donate the rest of the money to a charity to help the "aminals" hurt by the oil spill in the gulf.