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Magic Chocolate Sundae!

12 Feb

What a great idea, in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

13 Dec

I‘ve tried many chocolate chip cookie recipes, including the one from Joy of Cooking… but this one is definitely the best one. I’ve found very similar recipes across the internet, but I made a couple of changes, to get the slightly soft, chocolatey cookies my husband and I both love.  As in any recipe, good quality ingredients are key – I like to use Nestle or Guittard chocolate chips here. I used a total of 2½ cups of chocolate chips in this recipe – a little more than most other recipes I’ve seen – and actually, it could probably use even more. If you think it’s not possible to stir this many chocolate chips into the batter, you’re wrong. While the batter might appear to be a large helping of chocolate with a side of dough, once these cookies are baked, they’ll have the right amount of chocolate.

Forget your diet, these cookies are worth the splurge. Plan ahead though – it’s best to make the dough and chill overnight for better results. I made two batches of these cookies, one with dough chilled for 5 hours, and a second batch with the dough chilled 29 hours. The second batch had a richer flavour – they were worth the wait! Use lighter coloured baking sheets to avoid cookie bottoms that are too brown.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 ½ vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Pour melted butter into a a mixer’s work bowl. Add white and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed.
  4. Add egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  5. Slowly incorporate flour mixture until thoroughly combined. 
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Chill dough for up to 36 hours.

    dough chilled 29 hours

    Dough chilled 29 hours

  8. Preheat oven to 350 ºF (for crispier cookies, preheat to 375 ºF)
  9. Form balls of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly.slightly flattened the dough
  10. Bake for about 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 6 minutes (rotate baking sheet for even browning).
  11. Cool for a few minutes, then enjoy a cookie or two while they’re still warm!
  12. Cool completely; store in airtight container.

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Fancypants Winter S’mores

14 Feb

This is why toaster ovens rule

I love my toaster oven. In the middle of winter, it’s great for making s’mores in only a few minutes. (Try starting a campfire in such little time!)

On aluminum foil, set a piece of chocolate on a graham cracker square (I prefer Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers). And for something a little more interesting than plain dark chocolate, I like to use a Ghirardelli chocolate square filled with raspberry or caramel. It’s the perfect shape and size for a s’more!

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Place a marshmallow on top of the chocolate and broil in a toaster oven until the marshmallow puffs up and the top is a deep golden brown (about 4 minutes).

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Top with a second graham cracker, smoosh down the marshmallow a little bit, and voila! A decadent s’more, made in just minutes with a toaster oven!

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I’d say this makes a pretty good Valentine’s Day treat, don’t you think?

Delightful Donuts: Ohlin’s Bakery, Belmont, MA

19 Oct

DSC01052When I was a kid, growing up in a dreary suburb of a giant metropolis, my dad used to buy a dozen donuts to brighten up some Saturdays.  We definitely had to get a whole dozen, since it wasn’t cost effective to buy just one.  Since I no longer have the metabolism of a nine-year-old, I rarely buy donuts at all – nevermind a full dozen. But when I saw that Ohlin’s Bakery had made several “best donuts” lists in the Boston area, I had to check it out.DSC01047

It took my husband and me at least 10 minutes to choose two from the wide array of donut offerings. Because Ohlin’s has no seating, we brought these two home:

The chocolate with maple drizzle

DSC01077Soft yet springy, with a yummy glaze that’s not too sweetOhlin's Bakery - chocolate with maple drizzleDSC01077The pumpkin donut

Ohlin's pumpkin donutPerfect for October!  It’s a “cake” donut, but very light and moist. As you bite into it, it falls apart in your mouth. Absolute heaven! DSC01070 Ohlin’s has a wide array of cakes, cookies, giant cinnamon rolls – you name it. But the next time I go there again, it’ll be hard to stay away from those donuts!

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