Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Daring Bakers - November 2012

This month's challenge was ..... Cookies, Biscuits, Treats!!!!!

Twelve Days of Cookies....

Totally my kind of challenge! It was hosted by Peta from Peta Eats.

I decided to make recipe No 5: foaming cookies, using maple syrup. For the second recipe (we were asked to make one from Peta's and one of ours) I made sugar cookies... what else!

Maple Foaming Cookies

340 gm sugar
100 ml maple syrup
560 gm all-purpose flour
225 gm butter
1 teaspoon bi-carbonate soda
30 ml  hot water

Preheat oven to 180°C. Rub the butter into flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs or blitz together in a food processor. Melt the sugar and maple syrup together. Dissolve the bi-carbonate soda into the hot water. Add to the sugar/maple syrup mixture and mix quickly into the flour/butter until well combined.
The mixture will be rather runny and shiny.
When the dough has cooled a bit, make balls with your hands, put them on a baking tray and flatten them a little. The tray should be lined with baking paper. I always do that!
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the tray and then move to cooling rack.

There are many variations to this recipe. It is really versatile and you can use anything you want! Peta suggests, i.e. to add 2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves and 1 teaspoon mixed spice for ginger cookies and even substitutions, i.e. gluten free flour or almond flour for plain flour, dairy substitutes for butter, water, juice or milk substitute for milk, etc..
Maple and sugar, yum!
Flour and butter...
Adding the bicarb. soda is really foaming...
This dough is shiny, tasty (!) and really easy to handle...
I like the end result. It is both tasty and pretty. Love the cracks on the surface!
I really wished I had more time to make more cookies and try new recipes. Also I wish I had the metabolism for it...

I am definitely making more. Peta provided 12 recipes of mouth watering cookies!

I didn't take any pictures of the sugar cookies, but you can have an idea here and here.
Thank you Peta!


What's for dessert? said...

Cookies look so tasty, great job on the challenge!

Anonymous said...

Maple syrup!! must have been yummy!

Anonymous said...

The maple syrup is a great addition. They look so yummy!

shelley c. said...

Oh my goodness, I so wanted to try the foaming milk cookies, and now I want to try your variation of them!! YUM. Wonderful choices and delicious looking cookies.

Kim said...

The foaming cookies are so interesting. I am real curious about the texture of these cookie! They look so pretty, and I too would love the metabolism that would alwo for enjoyment of cookies..

Louise said...

My dear fellow Bakers... I highly recommend using maple syrup for these!!!!
Great aroma!

Marcellina said...

Mmmmm! I really wanted to make the foaming cookies. Yours look really good! The maple syrup would be delicious!