zondag 22 december 2013

People who do not use grams should be fined! In all honesty, you get great recipes for cookies in return.

I cannot get my head around American (and British, for that matter) measurements. I can understand the concept of a cup of milk, and even a cup of flour. But a cup of butter? Or a stick? Really?

So in general I try to avoid US or UK websites when searching for recipes. Unfortunately, the internets provides the most delicious stuff in English. And I drag myself beyond the point of swearing about conversion tables because the food is just too good to be true.

Check this out: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Amassing trouble onto myself, I fed the words peanut butter, chocolate chip and cookies to google. Looking for trouble, that is. And I do not even like peanut butter!!

For the benefit of others (reasonable people) I will convert the measurements to the more sensible gram/Celcius system. No offense...

1/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened = 80 grams
1 cup of brown sugar = 220 grams
2 eggs, room temperature = 2 eggs (I'm not THAT stupid)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter = 170 grams (I used a conversion for syrup and honey and such)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of flour + 1 tsp baking soda: substituted for 140 grams of self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups of old fashioned oats = 250 grams
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips = whatever in the kitchen drawer.

Cream the softened butter with the brown sugar, add the eggs and the peanut butter and the flour and the oats and the chocolate chips. And then pretend you did not see the whole recipe and add some chopped nuts (pecan, walnut and cashew, in this case) and some coarsely chopped apricots.

Get your hand dirty in shaping the cookies (they don't spread out, so you can space them quite close together on a sheet of baking paper or silicon mat) and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 180°C (yes, i had to convert that as well).

Chewy, delicious, and well worth the extra search.

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