The best thing about having all my things out of storage, and my baking boxes unpacked, is being able to bake again! The smell of freshly made cookies or cupcakes is a smell that I wish I could bottle and take in on those days where I’m feeling a little blue.
As my fellow bakers will know, when you move into a new place or get a new oven installed, you need to test out the heat and thermofan settings using a tried and tested recipe. In my case this recipe is for chocolate brownies.
My first ever baking attempt in my new kitchen was some brownies for my uncle. And being something I have baked and baked and baked over the years, the chocolate brownies were the perfect recipe to test. I kept a beady eye on my oven and the batch of brownies making sure they didn’t cook too quickly with the thermofan and get too crispy on the edges. My uncle gave me the thumbs up, naturally!
Since then I have had a ball in baking cookies and cupcakes that I haven’t been able to make in 1.5 years since the recipes were in a box along with my pink measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, etc. My plan is to bake something new each weekend. I want to test out each recipe I have collected in my treasured recipe box over the years and see which ones work out as planned and which are complete flops (which may have to be retested to be 100% sure). Hopefully I’ll come across some new recipes to add to my list of favourites.
These jam drop shortbread cookies are sinfully delish and another favourite of mine because they’re so easy to make! They are the perfect size to pop a full one in your mouth, again and again and again (when no one is looking of course). I have tried these with Nutella replacing the jam and they were equally as delish. Next time I want to try with some tinned caramel… (The pic shows the cookies before baking and after.)
These were the latest batch I made, called Hokey Pokey biscuits. I have been told that they have an ever-so-slight taste of ginger, even though there isn’t a hint of ginger used. To me they taste like the gooey filling of a pecan nut pie… They are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. I think they’d be even better if they were finished off with a drizzle of melted chocolate…
My baking adventures have just begin in this kitchen that is all my own! I bought a biscuit press that I am dying to try out, especially on some Melt-in-the-Mouth cookies sandwiched together with melted chocolate or caramel. I am also planning to make some peanut butter cookies, because although I’m not the biggest fan of peanut butter, the cookies are just amazing. And then of course there’s fudge, and cakes, and lemon meringue pie, and and and… 🙂