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Quest For The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie: Martha Stewart’s Thin and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Martha Stewart's Thin & Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Martha Stewart’s Thin & Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

During this quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, one must ask themselves a very important question: Chewy or Crispy?  I always thought without a doubt that chewy was the only way to go but after I tried Martha’s Thin and Crispy cookies I feel a little torn between the two options.  Her cookies are perfectly light and buttery, making them very addictive!  The cookies in this photo turned out a little square because I didn’t have time to bake a third batch.  But I actually quite like the shape, and the result was a larger cookie so whose to complain?

  • yield Makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, 1/4 cup water, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden brown 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

QUEST COOKIE RATING – 8.5 – [10 =  perfect — 1 = would not make again]

Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding

Gordon Ramsay's Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding

Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding

This is my review of Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding from his Cooking For Friends cookbook.   Over the past few years, I’ve really gotten into Gordon Ramsay.  When he first came screaming onto the Food Network scene I thought he was a bit silly, but then I became addicted to Kitchen Nightmares.  I bought a few of his cookbooks and really enjoyed his recipes, they were simple and had great flavours.  I even went to his Maze restaurant in Prague and was pretty impressed.  So when I was looking for a new dessert for the holidays, I immediately looked to Gordon for inspiration.  This sticky toffee pudding was also featured on his TV shows, so I decided to try out this dish instead of my usual plum pudding. * this recipe has since been updated

I opted to use my sponge cake mold instead of the pudding basins as I thought the mold made a nicer presentation.  I cut a hole in the sheet of parchment paper to fit over the mold, and added a few small pieces on the sides to cover the whole pan.  I also modified the recipe to be a little more user friendly, because I don’t own a food processor. 

Spongy and moist, this sticky toffee pudding was a hit!  With just a hint of chocolate and some added sweetness from the dates, the pudding wasn’t too sweet.  Plum pudding is too rich in comparison.  The dessert is topped with a creamy toffee sauce that is lightly salted and balanced the dish out nicely.  Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding is a delicious dessert to indulge in while snuggled up by the fire, while watching a Kitchen Nightmares marathon on a snowy winter’s night.

Gordon Ramsay's Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Gordon Ramsay's Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

    For the pudding:
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp espresso, cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup plain flour
  • 3 ¼ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • For the toffee sauce:
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

    For the pudding:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Butter a sponge cake mold and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper as well, ensuring that all the sides are properly covered. Instead of a sponge cake mold, 8 x 175ml-200ml pudding basins can be used as well.
  2. Place the dates, sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the dates are soft.
  3. Leave to cool, then blend in a Magic Bullet or similar food processor until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the dates, butter, vanilla and espresso. Add eggs and whisk again until well blended.
  5. In a separate small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In two batches, fold into the wet mixture with a spatula until just combined.
  6. Carefully pour into the prepared baking dish of choice and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick emerges fairly clean when inserted in the thickest part.
  7. For the toffee sauce:
  8. Place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and simmer, stirring frequently, until the butter and sugar have dissolved and the sauce is smooth. It should only take 2-3 minutes. Keep warm and give it a stir every once in a while to prevent a skin from forming on top.
  9. When the pudding is cool enough to handle, but still warm, run a small knife along the sides, then invert onto a serving plate. Peel off the baking parchment. Pour a generous drizzle of warm toffee sauce over the puddings and serve immediately.
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What holiday dessert do you like to indulge in?  Let me know if you liked my review of Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Pudding!

For a dairy free alternative of this recipe, check out the updated version!