Cookie Monsters like Salt

Chocolate.  I like it but I’ve determined that I’m allergic.  That doesn’t stop me from making chocolate chip cookies for the gang!  I found a recipe on Pinterest again.  This time it was a recipe from the New York Times.  It seemed like a very standard recipe but it had one strange addition of mandatory sea salt.

So on a lovely hot night in Palm Springs, I decided to bake cookies!  Luckily my friends have had a few drinks, so there was a good chance that I could succeed no matter what came out of the oven.

  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar (10 ounces)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • Sea Salt

I followed the directions as they were written.  You basically mix the dry ingredients and set aside.   Then mix  the butter and sugars together and add an egg one at a time.  Once all of your wet ingredients are together, you slowly incorporate your dry ingredients.  When the cookie dough is combined, gently add your chocolate chip cookies.  I then put chocolate chip cookie dough in plastic wrap and formed a couple of cookie loaves to put in the refrigerator.  You should let this dough set for at least a day.  It honestly does make a difference in the flavor of the dough.

It made it easier that I had premade cookie dough for Palm Springs.  I just had to cut cookies, place them on a cookie sheet AND sprinkle with sea salt.  I wasn’t sure about this but the recipe insists not to skip this step so I just trusted and sprinkled away!

Out of the oven, I delivered them to the pool.  Comments of “Mmmmmm” and “is there salt on this?”  accompanied lip smacking and Cookie Monster munching and crunching.

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I purposefully did not tell anyone that the cookies were sprinkled with sea salt.  They definitely noticed it and welcomed the additional flavor.  I almost forgot to take a pic of the cookies because they went so fast!  Make these and do not forget the sea salt!

Pie for Breakfast!

Breakfast Pie is a hit with most people, so I thought I’d start with a crowd favorite. I found this recipe on pinterest so I can’t say it’s my original thought but I can tell you what works with it. Eggs, cheese, hash browns, green onions – totally works. Bacon – absolutely works!

You will probably hear of me talk about trips with friends often and especially our jaunts to Palm Springs, CA. At least once a year, we rent a house with a pool and hang out there for about 4 days. We do nothing. It’s glorious. I usually plan the food and I luckily have friends that help! This past Memorial Day 2015, I introduced Breakfast Pie to the gang and everyone seemed to give the nod of approval for this recipe.
I adapted my general recipe from the “pinterested” recipe from tablespoon.com
4 large eggs
2 cups of milk
2 cups of potatoes (frozen hash browns, any brand)
frozen pie crust (any brand)
salt, pepper and green onions to taste

You can follow the directions on the pie crust, but you’ll most likely set the oven to about 350, poke the crust a few times with a fork and brown it in the oven for about 10 mins.

In the meantime, combine all of the other ingredients. You don’t have to brown your hash browns before. I didn’t, however next time I make it I might try that for extra flavoring and for color. Once the pie crust is out of the oven and you have ingredients combined, pour them into the pie crust and bake at 350 for about 35 mins. Watch that the egg mixture is solid. You can jiggle it a bit to see if it shifts too much or not or you can also slide a knife of fork in the middle to see if it comes out clean.

Once this basic quiche is cooked, remove it from the oven and set the temp up to 425. While you’re waiting for the oven to heat further, weave bacon on the top in a lattice design. If this is too complicated, nobody is going to argue with you just putting strips across the top! Put the whole pie back in the oven to brown your cook your bacon, probably another 10 to 15 mins will do it.

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You’re supposed to let it sit for about 5 mins, but I’m almost certain that we didn’t follow that direction. I wasn’t the best at cutting and serving this pie, but there were no complaints about that. It tastes great and is easy to prepare. You can even make them the night before. I would suggest making the pies up to the bacon lattice the night before. You can cover with bacon and bake 15 mins prior to serving in the morning.

I’m sure you could also change up the ingredients to other items to vary flavors such as mushrooms, spinach or a southwestern style. I hope you try it and let me know how it works for you.