Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Chocolate and Honeycomb Peace Cookies


I have an update on Katescakesandbakes Celebrity Hot Spot List following on from my sighting of Nigella and my subsequent excitement-induced cardiac arrest.


I was oncall at the hospital last weekend and cycling in to work when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted someone vaguely familiar.

It wasn't, was it?


Yes, it was.


It was Ann Widdecombe.


I have a dilemma. While Ann certainly hasn't knocked Nigella off the top spot (long reign the Domestic Goddess!) the question is, who should be Number 2?


Current stalwart, Pat Sharp, off of Fun House. Or Ann?


Keeping the thorny issue of Ann's politics out of it (we make cakes not policies on this blog), should it be Pat, who I heroworshipped as a child, being the Presenter of Officially the Best Children's TV Programme Ever? Heck, never mind the phone hacking scandal, I'm personally lobbying the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for the nightly return of Fun House. Or should the Number 2 Spot go to Ann. Who can forget the infamous Ann-does-Kate-Winslet Titanic rumba on Strictly Come Dancing? Pure TV Comedy Gold.


I'll let you decide.


Meanwhile before the blog turns into an extension of Heat Magazine, let me give you the recipe for cookies I promised weeks ago.



I'd read about these cookies several times (infact, google it, and you get a whooping 5,110,000 results). 

They sounded magnificant. I'm a firm believer that cookie recipes ought to come from American bakers, and this recipe comes from none other than Dorie Greenspan. Dorie describes them as addictive, chewy, chocolatey french shortbread. There is nothing not to like about that description. 

I've adapted the original recipe for these cookies, known elsewhere as World Peace Cookies, adding honeycomb.


Chocolate and Honeycomb Peace Cookies
(adapted from Dorie Greenspan, Baking: From my Home to Yours)

Ingredients

175g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
Half a teaspoon baking powder
150g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
180g light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
Quarter teaspoon fine seasalt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
100g honeycomb pieces

1. Beat the butter and sugars together until soft and creamy. Add the salt and vanilla and beat for roughly a further minute
2. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder together. Add this to the butter and sugar mixture, and beat all together at a low speed until all the ingredients are completely combined
3. Add in the chocolate pieces and the honeycomb. Mix gently with a wooden spoon to incorporate
4. Turn out the dough onto your work surface and shape the dough into a log shape
5. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least a few hours, or up to three days
6. When you are ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat the oven to 325F/160C/Gas Mark 3
7. Line two baking sheets with baking paper or silicone mats 
8. Slice the logs into cookie shape rounds that are half an inch thick and place on the prepared baking sheets
9. Bake for approximately 12 minutes

Baker's notes...
  • Prior to baking these are super-crumbly cookies. I found the cookies easily fell apart when I was attempting to slice them. I just tried to stick the dough back together, which seemed to work.
  • After the twelve minutes in the oven, they may not look entirely done, and won't look firm but actually they are done. So its okay.
  • The dough can be frozen for up to two months prior to baking
  • DISCLAIMER: I'm afraid these cookies don't guarantee World Peace, but they do make the world taste just a little sweeter
  • Perfectly served with a glass of cold milk while attempting to recall Parliament from their summer recess to debate the nightly return of Fun House to our screens




13 comments:

  1. OOOH! Kate these look fab, and sooo delicious!

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  2. Wow Ann W and delicious cookies, you have treated us well!

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  3. Nice cookies.Pat Sharp must stay ahead of the game, I so remember him from Funhouse and his long hair days, what does he look like now?

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  4. Wow - what an exciting week you have had!!!!
    Pat has to stay number 2, I think. I'm sure AW gets sighted all the time while he is probably more elusive.

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  5. Oooh chocolate and honeycomb is such a tasty combination. Great recipe! I definitely think Pat has to stay number 2 because Fun House was so damn cool. Would his cool rating go up further is we got him on Strictly Come Dancing?

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  6. I don't watch Strictly, but I remember seeing that clip of her dancing... I am lost for words.
    Anyway, the cookies look so beautifully dark and delicious. I even fancy a glass of cold milk to go with it and I don't drink milk...

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  7. You've lost me with the Fun House references, but the thought of an Ann W sighting is truly terrifying. I think I need one of these cookies to recover...

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  8. Lovely recipe. I agree with Kitchen maid I would be more terrified than excited at AW sighting! but Nigella. Well that is cool

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  9. I thing it may good to eat that I saw recpies in ur blogs
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  10. They are such delicious cookies aren't they! I made mine with dried cranberries in some of them and extra chocolate in others. I can imagine that honeycomb is an amazing addition!

    I even forgive them being so crumbly because they taste so flippin' fab!

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  11. Love them - especially the name. As for the number two spot ... I wonder if you maybe should keep searching? lol

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  12. Good grief, how do you manage to get so many bakes in? They all look so good, but this one particularly caught my eye. Honeycomb in a cookie sounds fabulous.

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