Monday, 28 November 2011

Another week further into it.

What a week it's been. We went all the way up the Wangapeka......too far. We cruised through the Motueka Valley, down Neudorf road over the hill past Woolston Estate to Kina Beach Vineyard. Then through Mapua, to McCashins Brewery (a quick impromptu tasting Later) we then cruised back home.
It was a fun day, we drove through downed trees, off road, and then we met an angry river! Im sure Scotty will put some pictures of our adventure up soon, and you can see the fun we had.
Until then try to make these cookies.
They are my favourite, just the right blend of Chewy and Crunchy.

American Choc Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cup Plain Flour
1 tsp Bicarb Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Soft Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 cup Chocolate Pistoles
1 cup Chopped Nuts (I use hazelnuts, and walnuts Uncle Joes in Marlborough do an excellent hazelnut meal which is great for baking.)

Sieve the flour baking soda, salt and flour.
In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.
Add vanilla, then the eggs one at a time.
Add the sieved flour mixture, chocolate and nuts.
Mix until it just forms a dough.
Over mixing will make the biscuits too firm.
Roll into a sausage, and cool in the fridge. Cut the bisciuts into discs about a centimetre thick. Bake at 160 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
They will feel slightly soft in the middle and begin to brown on the edges.
Don't over bake them or they will loose their chewy texture.
I always eat at least one while they are still hot.