First things first , cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century AD Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became relatively common in the region. They spread to europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain…The Dutch word ¨koekje¨was Anglicized to ¨cookie¨or cooky. Like many things in life the cookie was invented by accident . Small batches of cake batter was used as testers for the heat of the oven and presto light bulbs start shining and there you have it , the humble cookie. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She owned the Toll House Inn , in Whitman, Massachusetts, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. They are now consumed in 95.2% of households in America and we chow back 2 billion a year or about 300 per person annually.
One of my favorite things to do on sunday mornings is bake and cookies are so simple that you can do it when your still sufferring from your Saturday night out. I enjoy all cookies but my favorite is , without a doubt, my double chocolate chunk which are filled with an obscene amount of yummy chocolate. This is a recipe I created when I was living in Reunion(small french island in the indian ocean)and I did this for self preservation as much as overwhelming cravings for anything sweet. I worked on these cookies for two weeks until I finally arrived at what I think are top ten chocolate chip cookie of all time . Initially I wanted these cookies to see me through the time spent after the cyclones would batter the island and we would be left with no electricity or water , we would feed ourselves on cookies , smoked meats beer and rum , not the most responsible of diets but boy it did the trick . Funny thing is , I love baking but other than cookies I don`t really indulge in cakes , pies etc…. BUT COOKIES , they`re my cryptonite , they`re the reason i´m on the treadmill every day , well them and red twizzlers. Historically i´ve never been known for a great deal of self control but as I get older i´m beginning , just beginning , to appreciate the importance of it all so I try to limit myself to just weekends of self indulgence. When ever I have friends by for dinner or just to talk I always serve cookies with coffee and they tend to always ask for the recipe so today I have decided that it´s time to share because anything in life that brings a smile should be shared
Come and learn how to prepare my DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES at our cookies workshop.
Enjoy and hope to see you soon