Today my little blog turned 2! (advanced warning there are a lot of exclamation marks in this post!)
I can’t believe it! This year has just flown by, but at the same time so much has happened! At the same time I feel that because I have become so much busier trying to fulfil the first two of my new year’s intentions (taking better care of my body and my home) that this space has suffered because of it.
When I first started I would post at least three times a week, when that became too hard to keep up with I dropped down to twice a week, and now I’m lucky to find time to post on a Tuesday if at all. So instead of writing something I’ve learnt whilst blogging or a long list of things I wish to do in the next year, my one intention for BAKE as it goes from 2 years to 3 is to carve time out of my schedule to give it more attention. And to remember the amazing time I’ve had in the last year I’ve made collections of my favourite photographs from the last year and my personal highlights.
Coconut, Almond and Cranberry Paleo Cake Bars/Chocolate Spoons/Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles/Lemon and Mascarpone Crepe Cake/Paleo Crumble with Maple Roasted Rhubarb/Unrefined Pancakes/Moules à la Marinière/Halloween Cookies/Victoria Sponge
Tonight we’re returning to one of my favourite restaurants (like last year!) but instead of celebrating my blogs birthday we’re celebrating something far more exciting… Dan’s new job! or more precisely it’s his leaving do from his current job. He starts his new job as a senior analyst and manager in London on Monday! I am just so proud of him! He is one of the most ambitious people I know and it’s not hard to be completely inspired (and sometimes a little in awe) of his drive to move up the corporate ladder.
Slut Walk/Summer Bike Rides/Bath/Bristol/Apartment Reorganisation/Bruges/London Olympics/Christmas Lights London/Paralympics/Niall and Victoria’s Wedding
Instead of baking a birthday cake to honour this little spaces existence in the vastness of the internet I decided to combine two of my favourite things, biscuits and ice cream (the ice cream recipe will follow next week when I can give it the full attention it deserves!). Thanks to the (amazing! wonderful! stupendous!) heat wave we’ve been enjoying in the UK all I’ve wanted to eat has been ice cream, and my goodness has the ice cream I’ve gotten my grubby little mitts on been amazing!
The original recipe says it makes 15 cookies, but I wasn’t looking at it when I was dividing up the dough so I actually made 24 what I think are reasonably sized cookies, especially as I can never have just one. The recipe also called for salted butter but I only had unsalted and I think they tasted perfectly fine without it, especially if you choose to sprinkle salt on them before you bake (which I didn’t do either as we tend to try and curb our salt intake).
Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 2 dozen medium sized cookies
recipe by Felicity Cloake from the Guardian
120g butter at room temperature
75g light brown sugar
75g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
240g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
170g dark chocolate broken into medium/large chunks
Cream together the butter and the sugar until just combined.
Whisk in the egg and vanilla and then beat well.
Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, then mix with the rest of the mixture using a wooden spoon until just combined.
Add the chocolate chips and stir through until evenly distributed.
Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate overnight (you can leave it for up to 72 hours)
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Divide the dough into balls and space 2 inches apart on a lined baking tray (I fit 6 per tray on a standard sized baking tray).
Bake until golden (about 15 minutes).
Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.