So I'm finally getting round to testing out some of the foodie gadgets I received this Christmas. I was planning on trying out my yogurt maker, but it's been a bit of a mission trying to find the starter cultures for it. You can use pro-biotic yogurt to start it off, but using yogurt to make yogurt somehow seems like a bit of a cheat to me? Anyhow, I have found an online store that sells it, so looks like it will make it out of the box, but I'll save that for another week.
Since I completed my 52 week challenge I must admit I haven't done much baking, so this week I thought I'd make some cookies using this super cute cookie stamp. It's from a UK based design company called SuckUK, they design, make & sell a range of really unique gifts. They have a flagship store in London's OXO Tower which I'll try & make a trip to next time I'm in town. Although looking at their website I think it could be an expensive trip! I've got my eye on the Pac Man cookie cutters & the Happy Birthday cake mould :-) I used the recipe that came with the cookie stamp & it made a delicious vanilla cookie that was crispy on the edges, but lovely & chewy in the middle.
140g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
300g plain flour
1 egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla essence
1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Chop the butter into small pieces & rub it into the dry ingredients until you get breadcrumbs. Add the vanilla & egg yolk, then mix together until you get a soft dough. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
2. Break off a piece of dough the size of a golf ball & roll into a ball. Flatten it down & then stamp it! Place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper & cook on 190c/GM5 for 8-10 minutes until just turned golden. Leave to cool & crisp up.
I think there's a bit of a knack to using the stamp, here's a couple of things I discovered...
- Definitely chill the dough, I tried to short cut that bit & it was just too sticky to handle!
- Flatten the dough before stamping, the thinner it was the better I found it kept the design during baking
- Dust the bottom of the stamp with a little icing sugar, it helped stop it sticking
I love my cookie stamp & in the words of Suck UK....
Take a stand against profit-driven global expansion: Bake your own biscuits ... mark them with our HOME MADE Cookie Stamper...shout 'Power To The People!'
Absobloominlootly! Till next time, Rebecca x