Few things help pass the time like baking and half listening/half watching some conspiracy documentary on the internet. Rather far-fetched as it was, it made nice background noise and offered interesting visuals as I melted, mixed and balled the dough.
I was making Soft and Chewy Chocolate Bites. I’m not 100% sure how I came across the recipe, the internet is a vast and mysterious place, but it looked like fun, so I decided to give it a try.
I blatantly ignored the directions to melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave. In the past melting things in the microwave has let to things being reduced to a carbon state (chocolate) or having holes blasted through it by invisible rays (butter).
The double boiler was still in the drying rack from yesterdays brownie adventures so I used it instead. So it took a little more than two minutes, but there were not charred carbon flakes mixing in with my chocolate, and the butter didn’t look like it had been ray-gunned into submission.
I took the mix off the heat to add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. That went fairly smoothly, once I grabbed the metal whisk (don’t try the silicon whisk for that, it’s not worth the effort, and NEVER use metal whisks on non-stick pots).
The flour was a little less cooperative and I had to find my wooden spoon to fold the flour under to keep it from poofing all over the kitchen (it made valiant attempts anyway, I had to sweep afterwards).
Once it was all mixed up I convinced the dough that it really did want to go into the saran-wrap lined bowl and into the fridge to chill for a bit. That was tricky.
After it had cooled for a bit (and I had swept the floor and paid some attention to the conspiracy theorists), I dumped it out (still on the saran-wrap) onto a cutting board. I mashed the dough out to about 1/2 an inch thick and cut it into several strips about 2 inches wide.
At this point, you probably think I’m crazy, but have you ever tried to ball cold cookie dough? It is much easier to mash it out, cut it up and ball the pieces you pull off the strips. Unless it’s too solid to mash out, then I quarter it and quarter it again, sort of like clay.
The cookies baked for about 9 1/2 minutes, and turned out quite nicely. Gavin rated them as “yummy” which while not quite as good as “fantastic” or “exquisite” is still pretty good.
I like taking pictures of my culinary creations. They tend to sit still and not grimace at me when I pull out the camera. I think these turned out particularly well. I wish the front ones was more in focus, hmmm, I shall have to work on that.