Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Cookie update!

Ok, so I am terrible when I don't get recipes just right on the first attempt.  I want to try them again straight away.  There wasn't anything "wrong" with the last batch of cookies, they just weren't "right".  So I have tried them again at a higher temperature. I would have tried this yesterday if I wasn't out all day (more on that later.....), so instead rushed home after work to try another batch.  This time I baked exactly the same recipe at 170c in a fan-oven for 10-12 mins, taking them out halfway through and slamming them on the side to get the air out (Gas mark 5 or 190c in a regular oven I would guess) and they came out totally different!  This time they didn't "splat" as much and were a more raised cookie.  Still quite scrummy though.  I am sure next time I try them, they will differ again.  Still my taste testers have given this batch the thumbs up again, so I guess I should be satisfied!

Sunday was a fun day of teaching little Christmas bell decorations at a Taster Day for my local wool shop Thistle, in Cowplain, Hampshire.  Thistle is a lovely family run business, (without them I would not have such a sock knitting addition) with a sister shop in Portsmouth and they have been running Taster days for a few years now.  You get to try 3 different projects during the day and its great for inspiration.  As I only had to teach 2 sessions this time, I got to have a go myself at making a cute little bag.  Perfect as a gift-bag for Christmas cookies me thinks.

Anyhow, it has inspired me to get my Grandma's lovely Singer sewing machine out of its box and get sewing.  She's a beauty isn't she!

A good excuse to use up some of my fabric stash.........or buy some more :)

1 comment:

  1. Love your Xmas danglies and the bag! Just had an email from IKnit London announcing a new book - 55 Christmas Balls to Knit. Looks fab, I might even indulge myself and I don't do Xmas!!