Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I'm a lucky girl!

Look what Gummibaer brought home for me.

Life is good.

I had an adventure today, I tried to make American chocolate chip cookies.

Now this sounds simple but it turned out to be more complicated than you might think.
First I took my standard recipe and converted it to grams, no big deal.

Then I went shopping. This can be an adventure because I only know a little German so there is a certain amount of guess work involved. I was not able to find shortening so I used all butter. The shortening in chocolate chip cookies is one of the reasons for the great texture that they have. Butter has better flavor but not as nice a texture that is why most recipes call for both. I could not find brown sugar so I used molasses and white sugar. Brown sugar these days is really a mix of white sugar and molasses so this is not a big change. There where no chocolate chips to be found so I substituted plain chocolate. Chocolate does not hold its shape the way chocolate chips do so I got a bit of a marbled effect. I also did not have the option of semi sweet so I picked milk which makes everything a bit sweeter. The vanilla I found is quite different than I am used to so I defiantly got a unique flavor.

So far so good. Now, I don’t have a scale so my measuring was mostly by eye. I used the grams on the packages to help me guess. Luckily I am very famliar with how the cookie dough should look and feel.

Next I had to pick a setting for the oven. The oven I have here is in Celsius of course, it has a fan and it is electric. So a big change from what I am used to. A little trial and error and I got some yummy cookies. They are not what I would call traditional chocolate chip cookies but they are good.
Now, I’m off to share with our German friends!!!


Mary said...

Beautiful roses!!
I love seeing your pictures and stuff in Germany!

Anonymous said...

I wish i got to see a picture of the cookies. That sounds like my friends and my problem when we tried to make pancakes in Norway. See you in a week.

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this