Sunday, April 12, 2009

Berry Bakes + 30 Weeks!

I know, I should be past the craving stage, but I was craving for an honest to goodness chocolate chip cookie and I didn't want any of the commercial chocolate chip cookies found in grocery stores. I didn't even want patisserie cookies, although a chocolate mousse cake from Financier would have been good too, heehee.

So Berry and I decided to bake some cookies, and the Valrhona bar in the pantry that I bought a month or two ago sure came in handy, especially since we had to use that before it's best by date. We asked my SIL Leslie for her chocolate chip cookie recipe and our initial test was such a success!

We made the chocolate chunks from scratch!


Here's our masterpiece...It was sooooo good! Chewy in the middle and a bit crunchy on the sides! We ate 5 cookies in five minutes! Heehee!

Here's Leslie's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe:

1 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350F. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt gradually then add to butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chip and nuts. Drop rounded teaspoonful into greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 mins or until lightly brown.

(In our case, we baked it a little longer, about 12-15 minutes to get that bit of crunchiness to it! We also did not fold in the chocolate chunks and instead added it on top of the cookie dough prior to baking. My SIL Lorr, who is the best in baking, suggests chilling the dough first overnight to make the caramel flavor of the cookie settle in. We only chilled this batch for a couple of hours because we wanted to eat the cookies right away, but it seems using chilled cookie dough instead of freshly mixed cookie dough does work wonders! Enjoy!)

We've been eating so much lately, no wonder Berry/belly has become this BIG! At 30 weeks!

Tunic: Topshop Maternity
Necklaces: La Elegancia, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Belt: Abaco
Zipper Trim Leggings: Topshop
Ballet Flats: French Sole London (For Kelly: I sent an email to them for their HK stockists, so I will update this when I hear from them, but in the meantime, you can check out Lane Crawford as they sell Repettos and they probably have French Sole as well!)

It's so funny actually, because 2 weeks ago, when we had our ultrasound, Berry weighed in at 2.7 lbs when babies her age should be 2.25 lbs. At this stage, she should be weighing 3 lbs., but I have a feeling she's much heavier than that now! Oops!


Kakai said...

Those cookies look yummy! :)

tasha said...

those cookies look so good! do you mind sharing the recipe?


RubyG said...

Hala!! :D

Conchita said...

yum!!!!!! so nice of SIL to share her recipe!

hala tin! be careful you don't grow too big! try normal delivery coz taking care of a baby and recovering from c-section soooo hard!

but isn't it harder to resist those yummy sweet goodies?! hahaha!

Giada said...

my goodness!! ang laki ng vanilla extract hahaha... ang liliit lng kc ng mga binebenta dito hehe

nicoleabu said...

wow ate, so biiig!
i hope you can get that baby out with ease!
berry looks so heaveh!

Eubelle said...

dont worry tin, i gained a whopping 50 lbs with tia. she was 7lbs 7oz. it was the holidays that had me gain so much weight (gotta blame it on something!) with eulla more than 3 years ago, i gained 44lbs.

when you get to 8 months, for some reason, you gain about 1lb a week. just watch out for sugar hehe.

kelly said...

hi tin,

are those topshop leggings? =)

i have to ask again about your flats. french sole london? do you know where i can get them in hongkong?

again, love love your preggy fashion wardrobe. =)

bo said...

hi, just wanted to ask for tips coz we are going to new york this april 22 and we'll be staying at soho,restaurants that must be tried,bars,shopping(h&m and topshop budget) and sights to see,we are in new york for 12 days so please help us with our itenerary,we are watching wicked by the way:)thanks! xoxo first timers in ny

Mika said...

Yummy ng recipe noh Tin? Now I want to make some chocochip cookies!!! Berry enjoy the cookies:P

Pam said...

Yum! And gorgeous! :)

cd_mfo said...

They taste as good as they look Kix, heehee! =)

Updated the post with the recipe Tasha! =)

Hala bira talaga Ruby! Haha!

I know Cons, its easier to just give in and worry about it later, hahaha!

Oh yeah, you're right Giada! I remember the itty bitty vanilla extracts back home! But well, this is from Costco, so it has to be huge, haha!

Nic, Berry is so heavy na! You have to help me carry her, heehee!

Wow, I can't believe that Belle! You still looked so skinny in your pregnant pics, and you lost all that weight so fast, galing! Yeah, must.avoid.sweets! Wah!

Heehee, thanks Kelly! Yes to both! Will update my post with the outfit details! =)

Sure Bo! SoHo is one of my favorite places ever! Will do a separate post on that!

Thanks for the recipe Les! Now I want to make more, but Harvs says I have to learn SELF-CONTROL, hahahaha!

Heehee, it was yummy! Thanks Pam!!! =)

kookie kulasa said...

hello! the cookies look really yummy :) I'm definitely going to try the recipe you shared. By the way, you look great--belly and all. I'm sure your baby's going to be a little fashionista, too :)

if you don't mind, I'll add you to my blogroll :)

cd_mfo said...

Thanks kookie! And I would love it if you add me to your blogroll! =)

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