Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Can you believe that I took this photo yesterday .... in Ireland ...... in March!!!!! We have been having the most unbelievable weather recently, last week was all bright sun (although cold) then we had (almost) torrential rain on Monday, then SNOW yesterday.
Of course my thoughts turned to food the minute I looked out the window!! Comfort food was what the doctor ordered, so I turned to Nigella.com and to the members own recipes. There are two recipes that stand out on the cookie front: CAL's oat cookies, and Jon's peanut butter cookies. They have one thing in common, they are so much more than the sum of their parts. Both have few ingredients, but taste truly wonderful. If I had to choose one to go for it would be the oat cookies (sorry Jon!!) and that's a textural thing, I love that crumbly, crunchy feeling.
These are both real "store cupboard" standbys. The oat ones particularly handy as they don't contain any egg (the ingredient I am most likely to run out of), and they taste great. What more could you ask for??
CAL's Oat So Simple Cookies
Preheat oven to 180 C
Line baking trays
100g Plain Flour
100g Caster Sugar (see a pattern here??)
1 tbsp Honey/Golden Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon/Mixed Spice
Makes about 15 cookies
Mix oats, flour and spice.
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
Combine the flour and butter mixtures.
Use two spoons to form into balls and place on the lined baking sheets.
Dampen the spoon and press down on the cookies.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
It is simple to make large batches of these little beauties, as the proportions increase easily.
Jon's Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 175 C
Line a baking tray
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)*
1/2 cup sugar**
Beat the egg until frothy.
Add the peanut butter and stir with a wooden spoon until smoothish.
Add sugar and stir until smooth
Roll walnut sized portions between your hands.
Place on baking tray and press down with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes (approx)
When baked remove tray from oven and leave for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
*Use good quality peanut butter.
** Original recipe called for 1 cup of sugar but I found this too much.