Oliver dragged me into the kitchen on Wednesday and opens the cupboard door. "Mixer goes round and round. Oliver Mummy do baking !" he exclaims. "Please Mummy". Unfortunately, yesterday just wasn't suitable - so I put him off and told him "Tommorow - we've got to go out today".
Well, he didn't forget. From the minute he got up this morning I was reminded "Oliver Mummy do baking !"
Oliver DOES like baking - lots.... whether I make bread or cake, he squeals with delight and loves to get his hands in where ever possible.
At the end of the month, Oliver moves up to the next class at nursery. So, from a Dragonfly, he'll become a Ladybird. I decided to let him make some cookies to take to nursery tomorrow.
I've read about compost cookies before. The name sounds truly revolting - but the concept behind them is super. Basically, you add all your favorite sweet / baking stuff and then all your favourite savoury type stuff.
SWEET : glace cherries, sultanas, m&m's, butterscotch chips, white and milk chocolate chips.
SAVOURY : pretzels, ready salted crisps, flaming cheeseball tortilla chips
You can find the recipe here - Christina Tosi's Compost Cookie Recipe
Oliver watching the mixer combine butter, sugar and eggs until volume doubles.
Sieving in the flour. You've no idea how HARD it is to take a photo whilst holding a sieve in one hand to make sure it doesn't go all over the floor. Saying that - Oliver does really well given he's only 22months !
Licking the beaters ! Isn't that the best bit ?
Here is what the dough looks like ....
We made this early this morning and put it in the fridge until after work / nursery this evening.
That was messy - but fun ! Time for a bath before nursery....there was cookie mix and flour all over Oliver (and the work tops, floor, cupboard door, washing machine, chair.....) lol.
I cooked the cookies tonight. The mix made 12 large ones (6 per tray) and 16 smaller (1/2 sized) ones. The smaller ones were big enough to be honest. I cooked them on the smooth side of silicone baking tray liners / mats. Leave to totally cool and harden before removing from the mats.
Like most of the people who commented on this recipe on the Amateur Gourmet Blog , I found that my cookies came out really flat. I expected them to be puffier and be of lighter colour. Instead, they were crispy, chewy, DELICIOUS and flat and a kind of caramel colour by the time they were cooked. Oh well - no one else will know except you and Oliver .... At least they taste ok !
Sarah-Jane and Oliver Nash, August 2010 - Momofuku's Compost Cookies. http://www.siliconemoulds.com/