Feather’s Crafts: Baking Up Christmas

Hello Everyone!

I’ve finally kept my promise to you guys! Today I’ll be looking at what an amateur, like me, can bake for Christmas. Now, not many people know this, but I do love to bake, I just never had the time or resources to practice. However, thanks to the fact that I have a little more money to spend (thanks to my recent promotion), and a few days off, I can practice more than I ever could, when I was back at school.


The One Recipe To Start You Baking…Cookies!

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It’s one of the easiest recipes you could try. It doesn’t require too much skill, just a good arm and a few tools to help you along the way. Now some recipes might require you to use a whole slew of different products, but I stuck with the basics.

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All you really need for this one is:

Butter
Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
Granulated Sugar
Flour (Plain not self-raising or any other type)
Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
Bicarbonate of Soda
Salt
Chocolate Chips

The full recipe is here:

BBC Good Food


However, if you want the breakdown, here it is:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C or 170°F (if you have a gas stove, it’s gas mark 5), and line your baking trays with greaseproof or non-stick baking paper. You’ll need at least two trays to fit the 30-odd cookie balls you’ll be making.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars (yes, both brown and white) together, until creamy. Then beat in the vanilla extract and egg.
  3. When it’s all combined, sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the mix, and using a wooden spoon, combine all the ingredients together. It’ll be flour-y at first, but the more you mix, the thicker and creamier it becomes. Don’t worry, it will eventually start to look more like cookie dough!
  4. When it’s all mixed, add the chocolate chips and with a teaspoon, scoop the mixture onto your baking trays in small balls (I forgot to take a picture of it so you’ll have to estimate it for yourself).
  5. Bake your cookie balls for about 10 minutes and then remove it from your oven. Let it cool down and then you’re ready to serve!

My Results?

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(Sorry it’s a bit blurred)

Ok, so my cookies didn’t end up looking like the ones in the picture, and to be honest, I didn’t even make 30, since I scooped up bigger portions. In the end, I made about 20 cookies, and they looked a lot bigger than they were supposed to be. Of course, now that I’ve done it once, I’ll be doing it again, just to get the hang of it, and the next time I’ll definitely get it right! After all, practice makes perfect!


That’s All For Now

Well, that’s it. There’s my great cookie adventure. What’s yours? Have you baked anything other than cookies? Would you like me to bake something else? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do! Join me next time when I won’t be talking about the kitchen! That’s right, I’m getting out of the stuffy and cookie smelling room and into the lounge where there are comfortable couches and more thread you can think of.

Next week we’ll be looking at how knitting and crocheting can become more than just a hobby.

A Crafty Winter Makes for Nimble Hands

See you all then! In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the other sections. I’m sure my travel page has a few good places to visit, if you’re ever in the London area!

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