Friday, October 8, 2010

fall comfort

It seems as soon as fall hits I start baking. It's like the colder weather permits you to want all things of comfort and warmth. Hot spicy teas and milky coffees are just the start and then we want a little something sweet and homemade cookies are usually a good bet.


chocolate hazelnut cookies
via, the great british picnic guide

75 g softened butter
125 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
50 g soft brown sugar
50 g caster sugar
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1 large egg
50 g chopped hazelnuts
100 g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 d, cover 2 baking sheets in parchment.
Combine the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until light and fluffly. Add baking soda, vanilla and egg and blend for a few seconds then add the flour.
Stir in the hazelnuts and chocolate. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to the baking sheets, leaving enough room for them to spread. Bake cookies for 10-12 min or until golden.
makes aprox. 10.

There's also nothing better then a hot bowl of porridge on a cold morn especially when grilled fruit and toasted pumkin seeds are involved. Check out the recipe here.