The process for the two is similar.
- sift the dry stuff
- cream the butter and sugar
- add eggs
- Add the dry stuff to the wet stuff
- add the flavoured stuff
- put on trays and bake.
Banana and Bacon Cookies
So that's them done. Kind of... ordinary looking.
Things I learned:Not everything needs to be hugely complicated. And sometimes, my suspicions are right.
Verdict:Well.. disappointing. If I am making bacon and banana cookies, I expect taste and/or noticeable benefit from the main ingredients.
You can hardly taste the bacon except as a slight saltiness when you bite into a piece. The banana chips worked well, but are not strong flavours, thought they did retain some bite which was nice.
I am considering now (in hindsight) making a second batch with 400g of bacon (which might actually hit 5 slices), on the premise the 40g listed amount is a typo and judge again. They weren't hard to make and I just wanted them to be a hell of a lot more interesting than they are. To be honest, they are bland. Not what I expect from Heston.
Guest opinions:None. I am the only one of my family willing to try them. Anyone want to meet for coffee to try one?
Chocolate chip cookiesNow. This is Heston, so of course, you can't just grab a bag of choc chips, or even a block of dark chocolate and call it a day. You need to make your own choc chips. (Slight rolling of eyes). But I am game, and so is my keen 'apprentice chef'.
These chocolate chips are golden syrup flavoured.
You make the chocolate chips by melting you chocolate, and heating the golden syrup and cream.
Which really wasn't enough. They had the consistency of good ganache. Sticky, not frozen solid.
We thought we might be able to help the process along by cutting them up into their lumps and sticking them back in the freezer for another 30 mins or so while we finished the other biscuits.
Then add in the choc chips and mix. I can't believe I forgot to take a photo of this bit. But.. the choc chips distingerated into long smears in the dough. I tried to keep them together but it was messy and I ended up with marbled mix pretty much.
The first batch were really disappointing. Messy, too big and the chocolate lumps just melted into nothing.
Things I learned:
- Read the damn recipe properly, and if it says chill for 5 hours, just suck it up and do so.
- Even mistakes can be tasty
- If you made the choc chips a day ahead, (or early the morning when you want to make them later in the day) they'd probably work a lot better.
- The flavour was really nice, and the mixed through chocolate was a hit
- Smaller (heaped teaspoon sized) was definitely preferable to the ice-cream scoped sized recommended.
Guest opinions:My daughter's friend enthusiastically told me they were the best chocolate biscuits she'd ever had. Even allowing for small person hyperbole, they were very happily enjoyed by the family. Husband is slowly eating his way through them. Daughter negotiating for them to go into her lunches.
I'll call that a win and consider making them again - this time with properly chilled choc chips!