Baking Day

Kim was a very busy lady in the kitchen yesterday. She made some lovely chocolate chip cookies, and some of her wonderful pizza scrolls. She wanted me to share the cookie recipe, so here it is;

Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Made 3 dozen, preparation 20mins, cooking 12 mins per tray

3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 1/2 cups (225g) Self Raising flour
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
185g butter, melted
1 egg, beaten lightly

2 tspns vanilla essence
3/4 cup (140g) dark or milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 160’c / 140’c fan forced. grease and line trays with baking paper
2. Combine sugars and flours in a large bowl

3. Add the combined butter, egg and essence; mix to a soft dough. stir in the chocolate 4. Place level tablespoons of dough about 6cm apart on prepared trays, flatten slightly. bake for about 12-15 minutes or until browned lightly. cool on trays.

She tells me that these are the easiest biscuits she has ever made, and I believe they are some of the best I have tasted. They certainly don’t last long, as the kids hoe into them with gusto.

Here is a picture of the pizza scrolls. They are great for kids lunches, and she wraps them up in foil when they cool and puts them in the freezer. They are gone in about a week! I suggested a variation for the next batch, and that is to use Vegemite and cheese instead of tomato paste and devon. She liked the sound of that, so she will try it next time.

About half way through the baking, we received a visitor of the feathered variety. We think that she is an Eastern Rosella, and her mate was nearby, but Kim couldn’t get a picture of them together. They just wouldn’t play the game! It is quite rare to see them so close, but they are nearby often feeding in the big gum trees across the road. We use my binoculars to get a better look at them when the flock flies in.

We are so lucky to have such wonderful wildlife in our area, and when the gum trees are in flower, they are usually covered in these birds. Kim thinks that it is like living in a zoo with all of these native birds. Before she immigrated from the UK, after we got married in 1997, she had only ever seen these types of parrots in cages back home. She still finds it hard to believe that they are wild animals, that like to live on our doorstep. I think that they are just part of living in a semi-country rural city that is Melton! You only have to travel about 10 Km to see Kangaroos grazing in the early morning. Very quaint, and very Australian.

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