It’s national baking week. That means everyone should bake. GO. GO TO OUR OVENS. Take out your food mixers, your wooden spoons and your scales. Weigh the nation down with sugar, butter, flour and eggs. It doesn’t have to be anything hard. I decided to keep things simple this week, so that any beginners could join in. That and my card was cancelled (fraud on my account, apparently) so I had to make do with the ingredients I already had and anything I could afford with a couple of quid.
I went for double choc chip cookies. Simple, quick and delicious. You’ll probably even have half the ingredients in already. The key with this is to mix it until it’s combined. Also not to press the balls of dough down like you usually would, as these’ll spread but stay chunky.
Not only this, but to celebrate National Baking week, guess who got interviewed? Topps Tiles (you know who they are, you’ve seen the vans) approached me and asked whether I’d be interested in taking part in a campaign they were running about male bakers. It was a great opportunity and I snapped their hands off. The interview can be seen here (sorry, it’s not mobile friendly).
I’d desperately wanted to do this at the start of the week, but my internet at home hasn’t been working for the last couple of weeks. Not cool. Hopefully Sky will actually be helpful at some point (they’ve failed to be so far). So I’m actually posting this from my girlfriend’s house.
- 100g of caster sugar
- 100g of butter
- 1 tbsp of golden syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g of self raising flour
- 175-200g Mixed chocolate (I used dark and white), chopped.
- Preheat your oven to 180°C(160°C fan). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Soften the butter using your mixer, beating it until it’s well creamed.
- Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy (this can take several minutes).
- Mix in the golden syrup and the vanilla.
- Mix in half of the flour with the chocolate. Once this has combined mix in the rest of the flour.
- Keep on mixing until it starts to combine. Eventually I had to use my hands to form it into a proper dough.
- Separate the dough out into sizable balls. Don’t press them down. This should make 12-15 individual cookies.
- Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes, before transferring to a wire rack.