Baking - Cookies, Ingredient Insights

Chocolate Chip Cookie Upgrade

I had a hankering for some cookies a couple weeks ago. I wanted a soft, chewy kind, and one that was easy to make. I chose a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but as I started prepping the ingredients I decided to get a little crazy. I have a big bag of raisins that I always forget about, so I took them out; and I had some extra pumpkin seeds from a batch of granola, so I took them out too.

To make myself feel a bit better about making cookies for no other reason than just really wanting to eat them, I substituted whole wheat flour for all-purpose. Thinking about the ingredients I had chosen, I realized that I was going to end up with some pretty dry cookies, for a couple of reasons. Whole wheat flour needs more moisture than all-purpose; and raisins (dried fruit) and pumpkin seeds (already toasted) would also absorb a lot of the moisture.

To solve this dilemma, I simply soaked the raisins and pumpkin seeds in some warm water, draining the water just before adding them to the dough mixture. As I mixed the dough, it was noticeably stiff after adding the dry ingredients; but as soon as I mixed in the pre-soaked additions the dough became moist and pliable again.

The cookies came out great, and are more substantial than a regular chocolate chip cookie; but that doesn’t mean I eat any less!

Baking - Cookies, Baking - General

Moving Madness

I am a bit off the ball this week. We’ve been packing up our apartment over the last month, and I had been trying to keep up with a post once a week, but was unsuccessful in getting something done on time for this week. However, given that most of our kitchen equipment, utensils and cookbooks are in boxes, and I have been on the road for the last two days, I’m hoping I can be forgiven for a slip-up this week.

I will say, though, that even amongst the chaos of packing, I managed to do some baking. We were trying to use up as much stuff from our fridge and cupboards as possible, in order to minimize what we needed to pack and declare, so I made a small batch of oatmeal-raisin-pumpkin seed cookies. They were a good snack to have with not much left in the cupboards, and also a treat for the long road trip.

Hopefully next week I will have something tasty created from our new home, amid unpacking and setting everything up. One does need energy for that sort of thing, and we might as well get it from something delicious!