I've been a very good girl this year and not bought magazines (one kunang2 doesn't count, ok ^^), cook books and baking books in a long while ^^. But I couldn't resist David Lebovitz's Ready for Dessert (soft cover), released just last month ^^
I love david's blog ^^. I love the way he writes ~ he's engaging, witty and (quite often) hilarious.. I love his take on life, food and travel, as well as the recipes he shares.. but most of all, I'm envious of his wonderful food adventures of the sweet life in paris! (^^)
Ready for Dessert is a wonderful read. I've read through it like twice now.. ^^. Hopefully I'd be able to try out some of the recipes, especially the chocolate ones, real soon. It's really not easy to get good quality chocolates where I live. And when I do, it's so pricey that I think why bother??
So I'm really, really, really sorry, david.. for using chocolate chips instead of chopped good quality bittersweet/semisweet chocolates ^^|| Forgive me? ^^
David Lebovitz's chocolate chip cookies (this time from his book, ready for dessert)150g granulated sugar
215g brown sugar (I used 200g)
225g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 2 tsp)
350g all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
340g/3 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped coarsely (a million sorries, david ^^)
225g/2 cups nuts, toasted and chopped (I didn't ^^ just used a handful of raisins)
1. Beat sugars and butter till light and fluffy. Mix in egg one at a time at slow speed till well incorporated. Fold in vanilla extract till combined.
2. Mix in sifted flour, baking soda and salt.
3. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts/dried fruits if using. I added my handful of raisin to only half the choc chip dough.
4. Divide the dough into quarters, and shape them into 9-inch logs. Cling wrap and refrigerate until firm, preferably 24 hours.
5. Preheat oven to 175C.
6. Slice the logs into disks 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick. Place on baking tins, well spaced apart.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, for soft, chewy cookies. And a little longer if you like them crisp (^^)
In our past bakes of his recipe based on smitten kitchen's post, I've never bothered to ever refrigerate the dough. The cookies still turned out AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS ^^! But since david picked up an article that says that the cookie dough may improve with resting before baking, and he ALWAYS has cookie dough in the fridge anyways, I thought I'll give resting a shot ^^.
Patience has never been my virtue.. just so you know ^^||. So these cookies are the result of a long two-day wait.. I mean rest ^^. Verdict? We can't tell the difference!!! ^^||
So to rest or not? That, is up to you ^^! David's chocolate chip cookies still RULES in our household! (^^)