Thanks for all your good wishes regarding my recent house move. I can confirm that most of the boxes are now either unpacked or stored in the garage and that we all love the new house, even Poppy our cat , who had initial reservations.
We have also worked out how all the different 'machines' work, i.e dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer etc. My main concern was the cooker which is very different from the one we left behind as part of our house sale.
I'm used to a gas hob, which is very instant heat, and this is electric so it has been a bit of a learning curve, particularly getting pasta up to the boil and keeping it there without it boiling over. Still, at least it's easier to clean than the gas hob!
I've used the oven a few times for main dinners but not really for baking and the family were starting to get withdrawal symptoms! So, this morning I decided to have a go at baking cookies and they turned out pretty well. I thought you might like the recipe as I haven't shared one for a while:
Julia's Pecan and Choc Chunk Cookies
4oz margarine or butter
2oz golden caster sugar
4oz light soft brown sugar
1 free range egg
1tsp natural vanilla extract
8oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4oz plain choc chunks
4oz pecan nuts ( chopped )
1. Cream the marg with both of the sugars and then beat in the egg. Add the vanilla extract.
2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Fold in the choc chunks and pecan nuts.
3. Place dessert spoonfuls of dough on to a well greased baking tray (I usually make 14), allowing room around each to spread.
4. Bake at 190 C/375 F/Gas 5 for 15 minutes.
5. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
If you can bear to wait to taste them, I like them on day two after they've been stored in a tin> They're slightly more moist and chewier. Let me know if you like them!
Next weekend I'll have to start thinking about baking the Christmas cake if I can find time amongst all the Butler and Wilson hours!!!