Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ok. I have a strange thing to tell you.
I have this weird obsession with chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
I mean....I can't stop making them.
I know how to make them. I have several great recipes for them. But yet I can't stop playing around with the recipes. Sometimes I increase the brown sugar, sometimes I lower the flour, sometimes I bake them longer, sometimes I lower the oven temperature, sometimes I eat three cookies worth of raw dough.....
It goes on and on and on....and on.
Instead of hangin' out, relaxing, maybe watching some television or reading a book...a cookbook of course....I spent the last few hours, let's say between 9 and 11:30 last night making two batches each of brownies and cookie dough.
Seriously? What is the deal with this?
Jonathan was reduced to playing some weird iPod app game where a bird or a mouse or something gets ejected into the air by its own farts only to collect coins in the air. Ok, again, seriously?
I've come to the conclusion that this obsession with baking chocolate-laden recipes that I really have no need to test, nor do I need them around the house - trust me! - is deeper than just an urge to bake.
It's really a way for me to eat loads of dark chocolate and raw batter without really noticing or considering it as actual consumption since I eat it while I'm making it... This is totally not right and I probably need therapy. Oh lordy.
In the midst of all of this chocolate madness, I was able to sneak some fruit in.
How about some individual Strawberry Apple Tarts? That's pretty hard to resist. Ok fine, I ate one of these too! Jeez.
These are very simple to make. I fit some sweet pastry into little 4-inch tart pans and fill them with some fruit that's mixed up with sugar and spice. I give them several minutes in the oven and they bake up like little juicy pies, except the fruit stays just a wee bit firmer. You can even top them off with a dusting of icing sugar and serve them up with some vanilla ice cream. That would be killer.
I like to leave the peel on the apples for these tarts too. It looks pretty against the red strawberries.
So the moral of the story is that when you get in a chocolate/raw cookie dough rut, bake something with fruit in it to make you feel better. Problem solved.