I’m getting married in just over a week! So now everything is about baking, cooking and making sure everything will work out. We’re having a nice small dinner with just our closest friends and family and I’m really looking forward to it all.
Today I went shopping for food with my mother. I bought most things we need for the food, except for vegetables, and then bought extra things. How can I say no to an apple mint plant for the garden? Or a wild strawberry plant? I simply couldn’t! In about a week we’re going out again to get fresh vegetables and the last few things we need and then we’re set to go.
The afternoon was spent baking two types of cookies. For dessert we’re thinking a little buffet with cookies, cake, a nut tart and cinnamon buns. Coffee and tea to go with it.
I posted the recipe for the jam cookies here. The other recipe is not my own, but it already exists on the net so I figured a translation into English would be fine.
Chewy chocolate cookies: Makes 30-40 cookies.
100 grams (3.5 oz) baking margarine
100 ml (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp) caster sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup (I guess corn syrup or maple would be fine too, although maple would be tastier!!)
1 tsp vanilla essence
200 ml (1/2 cup + 1/3 cup) flour + possibly 2 tbsp extra
2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350F). Cream together margarine, sugar, syrup and vanilla essence. Sift in flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and quickly work together to a dough. Put parchment paper on a baking/cookie tray. Divide the dough into two pieces and make two rolls about the length of your cookie tray. Put rolls on the tray and flatten them a bit with your hands. Use a fork to make nice grooves and to flatten more. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t overbake them! Let them cool on tray for just a minute or two and then cut them diagonally into about 2 cm/about 1 inch strips while still warm. If you cool before cutting you’ll end up with cookie crumbles. Leave on tray until completely cool.