Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chocolate chip cookies

Hello Everyone!!

i know i haven't posted in a while - last post was an old draft that needed small edits!- and i know that my fans are impatient and sad for my absence, hehehe, one has to work on one's own ego if no one else is, right?so, for my comeback we are making something sweet, for celebration!
today's recipe is chocolate chip cookies, sure anyone in the English speaking world can run to the supermarket and get them cheap and easy, but that's not the case where I am.. besides, admit it, the supermarket ones are never as good as your own baking, nor as satisfying.before the advent of the big chain supermarkets in Egypt - when i was little - i only saw these in American films:) and when i finally found them sold i found them to be very regular cookies only with the genius addition of the choco chips. now I make them often as they are quick and easy to make, and they serve as a great sweet snack to give to the kids, they can even take it to school and it doesn't crumple easy, and of course it is the perfect companion for your morning coffee, ummmm


Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter - my Egyptian friends, don't be clever and use Ghee like we do with everything :) -
1 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2 large eggs
1 sachet of vanilla or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
or you can simply use a bar of cooking chocolate and break it to small pieces to your liking

1 cup crushed, toasted nuts of your liking (optional and can be substituted for an extra cup of chocolate chips, or the opposite)

preparation:

in a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
in a separate bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until it becomes creamy, gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the mix becomes smooth like cream Chantilly.
add the eggs and vanilla and beat a little more until well blended. add the above mix to the formerly prepared flour mix and blend with a spoon or a mixer until smooth.
finally add the chocolate chips and/or nuts and mix in.

preheat the oven to 200 C. bring the baking sheet to be used and start forming the cookies by scooping some of the mix with a spoon and adding it to the sheet, the mix with naturally flatten a bit so no need to do more than just make sure the cookies are well spaced.
once the sheet is filled, sprinkle some choco chips and/ or nuts on top then it is oven time.

baking time is approximately 8-10 minutes, test one and once crispy or toasted at the bottom then it is done.
remove and store in air tight jars to keep from going moist.

you can always thank me in the comments :D

Cordon Bleu



or let's say, my Cordon Bleu



the regular Cordon Bleu, for those who don't know!, is typically stuffed with bacon or any smoked meat variety. however, i don't like mixing meat with meat, soooo.. i modified the dish a little to my liking.. hope it would be to your liking as well :)

Ingredients:
1/2 Kg Chicken breast fillets cut thin
juice of one big grated onion
Lemon
salt & pepper
grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp cream (or more if needed)
1 green bell pepper, diced
all purpose flour
1 beaten egg, seasoned with s&p
yellow corn flour
frying oil

preparation:
marinade the chicken breasts in onion juice, s&p and lemon for an hour or so, the longer the better.
mix the stuffing in a bowl (grated cheese, bell pepper, cream)
with a wooden meat hammer, beat the chicken slice until flat then add a tbsp of the prepared stuffing, spreading it lengthwise.
roll the chicken piece and secure with a toothpick, roll it in flour until totally covered, it should keep it together even without the toothpick.
roll it in beaten egg then in the yellow corn flour. repeat with the rest of the cutlets until done.
refrigerate the prepared rolls for about have an hour for extra coherence.
heat the oil in a large skillet, once hot start frying the rolls, make sure to turn them often so they are equally golden on all sides, once that is achieved, remove from oil and leave on paper napkin for a little while.

that's all ! i can imagine myself having some of that right now, with all the yummy melted cheese...

it could be served with any pasta type, or with Mahshi - aka Dolma- and it would go great.
enjoy!! I certainly will :)