Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cinnamon StarCookies with Chocolate.

I baked cookies today !
Unfortunatly I have no idea whether they taste good or not - I can't eat them as they aren't gluten-free.
But the smell was delicious :-)

Chocolate stars with cinnamon

- 180g butter, at room temperature
- 90g fine white sugar
- 230g regular white flour
- salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 40g rice flour or cornstarch
- 50g dark chocolate for decoration.

Mix the butter until creamy, then slowly add the sugar. Keep on stirring. Then sift through the flour, salt, cinnamon and cornstarch. Mix well. Knead the dough short and form a ball. The dough has to be somewhat elastic. Put it in the fridge till it is quite firm.

Roll out the dough (it should be aprox. 5mm) and cut out star-shaped pieces. Repeat till you have used up all the dough. Put them on baking plates and put away somewhere cool for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven at 180°C. Bake the cookies in 12 minutes till they are firm and start to color. Leave them on the baking plate for a couple of minutes, then put on a rack to cool.

When they have cooled completely, melt the chocolate. Dip the points of the stars in the chocolate, put them on baking paper and let cool.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Belgian Waffels.

I suddenly felt like baking waffles. So I did :-)
These are very easy, and very tasty ! Do give them a try...

Belgian Waffles

• 5 dl milk
• 300 g plain flour (or gluten-free flour, which also works !)
• 100 g butter (good quality)
• 75 g white sugar
• 2 eggs
• 10 g baking powder
• 2 packs vanilla sugar (8 g each)
• a little salt

Melt the butter in a pan, but make sure it doesn't get 'brown'. You can melt it in the milk. That's how I did it, it 's safer and easy.
Mix the flour and the baking powder, make a little hole in the middle. Add the sugar, vanilla sugar, eggs and salt. Mix well.
Slowly add the milk and butter. Keep stirring till you get a nice even dough, without lumps.
Let the dough rest for about 15 min. Warm your waffle iron in the mean time. Add some dough and let it bake for a couple of minutes (depends on your iron and stuff. For me, 4 minutes was excellent).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Eierkoeken (Eggcakes)

Eggcakes are famous in Belgium and the Netherlands. They are a delicious Dutch breakfast cake, usually served spread with butter, or jam.

• 275 g Sugar
• 70 g Butter
• 2 dl Milk
• 1 Egg
• 500 g Flour
• 1 tps Baking Soda

Mix the sugar, butter, milk and egg together. Add the flour and baking soda. Knead short, until the dough is homogeneous.
Make a ball of the dough, cover it and put in the fridge for a least a night.
Take pieces of 50 or 60 g of dough, make little balls and flatten them slightly. Put on a oven plate (with baking paper). Cover them slightly with beaten egg (or water) and put some sugar (and cinnamon) on them.
Bake the eggcakes in the oven at 200 °C until they are golden brown.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate

• 125 g butter, unsalted (4,4 ounces)
• 175 g white sugar (6,2 ounces)
• 30 g vanilla suger (1 ounce)
• 125 g oatmeal (4,4 ounces)
• 1 egg
• 100 g self-raising flour (3,5 ounces)
• 50 g chocolate (1,8 ounce)
• Knife

For 20 cookies:
• Chop the chocolate coarsely.
• Soften the butter and mix it with the sugars. Add the oatmeal, flour and egg. Combine and knead to a soft dough. Finally knead the bits of chocolate throught the dough. Form a roll and let it harden in the fridge for half an hour.
• Preheat your oven on 160°C (320°F). Butter a plate or put baking paper on your ovenplate.
• Take the roll and cut it in disks. Put them on the ovenplate (about 5 cm apart). Bake for 25 minutes until they have a nice golden brown colour.