Saturday, 10 January 2015

BAKED: Ginger and White Chocolate Cookies


STOP EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING - you NEED to hear about these! They may change your life...

Well, maybe it won't but seriously, your life will be a whole lot sweeter once you try these babies...Hazel Jane, this ones for you! After talking cookie quite a bit this week via Twitter, I hope you manage to have a whirl at these beauties over the weekend :)


I have been obsessed with the beautiful Gizzi Erskine for a while now - those eyebrows, that beehive and well, she's a bloody good chef! As I (and my family!) have a massive sweet tooth, I was looking for something a little different to bake. And that's what I love about Gizzi, as a person and as a chef, she's different (in a very good way!)


I've spent many an hour reading Gizzi's Kitchen Magic cookbook - each recipe with a little intro, either telling a story about the recipe itself or a little snippet about an ingredient within the dish.

The Ginger and White Chocolate Cookies are inspired by Gizzi's sister Heni - a snippet I think really adds to the overall feel of this friendly and enjoyable cookbook. It not only makes the cookbook feel like it has a personality, but it really makes shows that Gizzi's inspiration comes from, not only many places around the world but from all aspects of her life.

Anyway, enough rambling...because I seriously love her and could fan girl all day!

[Adapted slightly from the original recipe in Kitchen Magic]

All you need for 12 cookies:

150g butter, softened at room temperature
150g light brown sugar
50g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 free range egg, large
1 tbsp chopped stem ginger
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
225g plain flour
200g white chocolate, roughly chopped

you can also add 1 tsp ground ginger, depending how strong you like the flavour of ginger.

Let's get started...

Preheat your oven to 180, fan assisted and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.



Place the softened butter and sugars into a fairly large bowl and mix together - the mix needs to be light and fluffy. Next add your egg and stir it into the mix. It may split, don't be alarmed as the flour brings it back together.






Add the vanilla extract ginger, flour, and bicarb then stir all together. I would recommend adding a little flour at a time or you will end up with a big floury cloud in your kitchen! Speaking from experience, as you can tell!




Using a wooden spoon, stir in your white chocolate pieces - the mix will be slightly sticky rather than doughy but that's okay!




Spoon 6 'heaps' of the mix onto each baking tray using a dessert spoon. I tend to leave my heaps fairly...well, heaped. The mix will expand anyway but it gives a slightly thicker cookie with a soft but chewy centre.

GET EXCITED NOW - bake these for 10 minutes (I tend to undercook mine VERY slightly as they obviously continue to cook when they've come out of the oven)

Try your best to leave these to cool before tucking in - leaving them on a wire rack is probably best so they don't sweat and seem greasy.




THEY ARE SO GOOD!! Genuinely, probably my favourite cookie I've ever made and I've made many a cookie!

Gizzi suggests replacing the ginger with the zest of 1 orange, the white chocolate with milk chocolate and adding 50g chopped candied orange peel for a Terry's Chocolate Orange kinda thing, which I 100% want to try!

Let me know what you think?! I cannot get enough of these at the moment.

xo

6 comments:

  1. Those look amazing and I love ginger too!

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    1. They really are lovely *blows own trumpet* xo

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  2. Yum! I love putting big chunks of chocolate in my cookies, always so good to get a big bite of chocolate. I've never tried putting ginger in as well but that is such a good idea. Definitely need to do this next time I bake cookies! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It makes a really nice change to have some ginger in their - very subtle taste! :) xo

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  3. These look so amazing! I mean, look at that white chocolate...*drolls* I'm very glad you put this up, definitely want to give them a go!! :) My family love ginger too so they'll be happy!

    Hazel xx

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    1. haha! glad you like the look of them m'dear. Let me know when you've managed to give them a try xox

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