My youngest daughter and I have just returned from the most glorious visit to England. It's always wonderful to visit my homeland or "the old country" as my lovely father-in-law used to refer to it but last week was indeed a very special week for England. Being a royalist the birth of Prince George of Cambridge was a wonderful highlight. I'm usually three thousand miles away in New York for most royal celebrations so I was beyond delighted to be there for this one.
We were also there for the the hottest day on record since 19----something or other and we spent the day lounging in the garden. The hottest day in England was of course a very comfortable respite from the ghastly high temps we've been enduring in New York. Most of the time we were in the country in West Sussex where I grew up and it was as enchanting as ever. We strolled in the countryside...
It was glorious...
6 oz unsalted butter
When I arrived home to my kitchen in the States I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. After all what's more American than chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk - I thought it might get us into the swing of things! These cookies have a slightly different and I think superior taste, the secret being the use of black strap molasses mixed with the sugar.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
6 oz unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons unsulfured blackstrap molasses
1 cup chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 350 F
Mix the white and brown sugars together, add the molasses and mix thoroughly.
Beat the butter really well until light and creamy. Add the sugar mixture and beat for
another 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy.
Add the egg, mix well. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times until combined.
Line a couple of cookie trays with parchment paper. Scoop the batter
into 12 equal balls and place 6 on each trays. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove