September 23, 2015

Soft, Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are divine!  They have a nice crunch on the outside from being rolled in sugar, and the insides are chewy and soft.  You can also add choc chips if you like.

Recipe adapted from: Everyday Home Cook
125g butter
250g peanut butter (I used smooth)
185g white sugar
95g brown sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
194g flour
3/4 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

Additional white sugar for coating the cookies

1. Preheat the oven to 175 C (350 F).

2. Beat the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.

3. Add the white sugar and brown sugar, beat until combined.

4. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth.

5. Finally, add the flour, bicarb and baking powder and mix until combined.

6. Create balls of dough a bit larger than a tablespoon and roll them in white sugar.

7. Place the dough on baking trays covered with baking paper, spacing them out as they do spread.

8. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden - make sure not to overbake as these biscuits should be soft.

9. Let the cookies cool on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


September 5, 2015

White Chocolate 'Brownies'

So, yeah, they aren't brown, but they're kind of brownies because they use chocolate.  These have a really great texture, they're not overly sweet, and they're so easy to make!  You can do it all by hand in one bowl!

Recipe adapted from: Broma Bakery
Ingredients - 20 cm (8 inch) square tin
125g butter
1 cup good quality white chocolate (I used Callebaut chips)
1 egg
395g sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1 tsp salt
235g flour

1. Preheat your oven to 175 C (350 F).

2. Microwave the butter and white chocolate in 20-30 second bursts, mixing in between, until melted.

3. Let the mixture cool a bit then add the egg, condensed milk, vanilla essence and salt.  Stir until combined.

4. Finally, gently fold the flour into the batter.

5. Line a 20 x 20cm brownie tin with baking paper.

6. Pour the batter in and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until lightly golden.  Make sure not to overdo them as you want them to be dense and fudgy!

7. Let the brownies cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8. Chop into slices and enjoy!