I tried this recipe on Bakerella’s site (I think it’s the Nestle tollhouse cookie recipe) yesterday. I was taken by the delicious photo! I have to say it was an epic FAIL. I followed the recipe exactly but found the cookies spread and flattened out ridiculously so. The 8-10 minutes baking time was extended to 17 minutes and they still weren’t done. I used a small scoop to dole out the dough, I used parchment on my baking sheets. etc. Epic fail. I usually don’t use parchment because there’s enough butter in the cookies that they’re not going to stick to the sheet. The dough seemed very soft; usually for 1 c of butter you’d use more than 2.25 c of flour. I thought (after) that I should have chilled the dough as that would have stopped the spreading while baking.
I googled and found some very interesting sites about the chemistry of cookie batter and how changing the proportions of some ingredients makes a different cookie. I also found the same recipe, but with 2.75 cups of flour instead of 2.25 cups, and the baking temp of 375° instead of 350°. There was also some discussion of sifted vs. non-sifted flour and the different weights between 2.75 cups of sifted flour vs. unsifted. The consensus was if the recipe didn’t state, then it was understood it was UNsifted. I might try the 2.75 cups of flour and the hotter oven and see how that works next time.
Cute loldog (and very greyhound):
The big fella has been away for five days and there has been much moping by the princess. Even Apollo seems a bit out of sorts. While I was out the other day I picked up a couple of cute little squeaky flowers (2 toys for 2 dogs). They both played with their toys, but it didn’t take long for Bossy Cow to put her hoof down:
Apollo just went back to bed for a nap and let her have both toys. What a meanie she can be!
I got the sewing machine out again and worked on that cute hobo bag.
Since that photo I’ve sewn the zippered pocket into the lining and completed the lining/inner bag. I’ve learned a few things: 1) I can’t sew a straight line; 2) pins are really sharp; 3) it’s better to take one’s time than rush and have to go back and rip things out.
I have some housework to do, but later I hope to join the inner and outer bags and sew the straps on – then it’s done!