Saturday, June 29, 2013

Micro Bakery

What I love most about baking from my tiny kitchen is the attention I can give to a single project. Take for instance these cookies. The recipe is called "Alice's Chocolate Chip Cookies." And, no joke, best ever.

These are no one bowl cookie. They take time. A little patience and some more patience. But in the end. Best. Chocolate. Chip. Cookie. Ever. This is what I take to the coffee shop in town. And for one brief moment only 12 extra large, delicious cookies are available.

Crazy right? Only 12. A few changes are needed Alice's recipe to make each cookie so large. First I weigh every scoop so they are exactly the same size. 3 ounces per cookie. To add to the visual appeal, I keep a handful of chips out of the batter and place them on top after I scoop the dough. (Not pictured, learned that trick later!)

Also, I have to bake at 2 different temps. First at 375 degrees for 7 min, then at 325 for 13 mins. This allows the cookies to spread but not totally to a crisp.

Finally, the I have learned that if I let the dough rest for a bit, like 15 mins before I start scooping, the cookies will spread much more evenly.

I think with a larger mixer and better oven, I probably could bake more of these at one time. In the meanwhile, I know that these cookies are something special, something to savor and enjoy with a great cup of coffee shop coffee. Hope to see you around town!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day Already?

With the Girl's Night Out fundraiser for school, Holly's Dance Recital and Lee's graduation, this spring has vanished. The neighborhood pool is open and the last day of school is here. Sharing a favorite post from the past about baking and Father's Day.   What a great memory with the children and good friends!

A few pics from this spring:
 My niece, Mary Scott, graduated from high school! Yipee!

 My son, Lee Allison, graduated too! Starts college in three weeks, yikes!

 Loved making this mini rifles in the push pop containers for the Girl's Night Out fundraiser.
Made 200. Whew!

And a pinterest idea: Tutu Cupcakes for the Dance Recital Bake Sale <3

Taking a short break for the summer from baking. Hopefully will find time to blog between trips with Holly and Bill to the pool!