This space was never meant to be a recipe repository alone. It was meant to be collection of everyday moments of our lives , a space to write down the simple things before life wipes out our memories and writes on top of it again.
I remember our father’s attempts to record our childhood. He still has a recorded audio cassette where we are singing rhymes, talking and fighting and everything. I don’t think I was even five then.
Though it feels very good when we listen to the cassette, its my parents’ face that truly lits up whenever we put it on. Its like reliving our childhood once again for them. Unfortunately, the cassette is now kept aside safely because that technology is redundant now. We tried copying it into a CD, but they advised us against it since its very old. But still, whenever appa talks about it, he is very happy.
That’s what this place is for me. Reliving our everyday life.
I have no idea where this blog is going to be when my son would be inching towards his 40. May be blogs won’t be there and may be they would have advanced to something more efficient. But I had some of the best moments when last weekend, me and my son sat down together and went through some of the posts about him.
He laughed a lot.
Yes, I did the right thing by starting this place. I did the right thing by not giving up in between.
Another right thing I did, was to bake these ultimate cookies. These are just amazing and pretty easy to put together.
Cream the softened butter using hand or stand mixer.
Add the white and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat it in. As you can see, I have no patience and added both in.
Add flour (whisked with baking powder, baking soda and salt) in batches.
Mix until just incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips and chunks.
Let the dough rest in fridge for sometime to firm up.
When ready to bake, scoop tablespoonfuls of dough in a parchment lined tray, leaving space to spread. Take your kid’s help here :-).
Bake for about 12 -16 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.
Bake until light brown on the edges. Let the cookies cool in the tray for sometime before taking them out.
Recipe source : Martha Stewart’s Ultimate chocolate chip cookies
Makes : about 48 medium cookies
- 2.5 sticks(~500gms) butter, softened
- 1.5 cups light brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 8(~240gms) ounces chocolate, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C.
- Whisk the baking soda, baking powder, salt and the flour until well mixed in a separate bowl. Keep aside.
- Cream the butter until light. Add both the sugars and beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat it in.
- Add the flour mix in 3-4 batches, beating it in slowly, until just incorporated.
- Fold in the chocolate chunks and chips.
- Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to one hour.
- Scoop out tablespoonful of dough and place it in a parchment lined tray, leaving space for spreading.
- Baking time would depend on the size of the cookies. For this size, its around 12-16 minutes.
- Take them out once light brown on the edges and let the cookies cool in the tray before taking them out.