Once in a while, my good friend Nancy and I like to get together in my flat and cook up a storm, almost literally. In the past weekend, we decided to have a go at making a myriad of different things – it all started with Jamie’s 30 minute meals and how amazing everything in this show looks; particularly the Steak Indian Style.
It has got to be one of the most colourful dishes (and more mouth-watering ones) that you can make in under 30 minutes – or so we thought: turns out that it took us way longer than that to complete the whole concoction. This may be due to the fact that we decided to bake our own naan and make two batches of cookies while making dinner. Oh, and some ice cream as well.
Nancy pretty much took care of the whole naan preparation herself, and you can find the recipe and photos in her blog. It was really lovely, fresh and not chewy, unlike store-bought ones – definitely one to make again.
We also took turns doing our best impression of Jamie making his deconstructed yogurt dipping sauce – let’s say we’re better at the impression that the deconstruction. Regardless, the dish was incredible, I would recommend it. I guess that if you follow the instructions to the letter and can cope well with the extreme multi-tasking, you’re likely to be able to manage in about 30 mins… I will always take longer thank that.
We decided to also try these salted caramel chocolate cookies I had seen on Tastespotting, that we wanted to make for our friend Tim’s birthday (if we ever get a destination address) and a Dorie Greenspan malted chocolate cookie recipe that I had tried in the previous week, but this time with the full list of ingredients.
Both batches of cookies were delicious: the malted ones were super rich and although by the time we finished the meal, we were so full we could barely eat anything, we still tried one of each…
Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops
(from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan)
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup malted milk powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
140 g butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups Maltesers, coarsely chopped
170 g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat the sugar with the butter until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time until incorporated, then the vanilla.
Add half the flour mix, just until combined, then all the milk, and then the rest of the flour mixture.
Stir in the maltesers and chocolate chunks.
Place spoonfuls of dough on the baking sheets (using a tablespoon to make sure they’re all about the same size) spaced a couple of centimetres apart to make sure they don’t stick. Bake each batch for about 12 minutes.
Yields 24 cookies.
I will put the ice cream recipe up once I get a chance to photograph it!