Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas and a Yummy Recipe

I don't think you need to go overboard on Mother's Day in terms of buying gifts. I'm quite happy with a card and something handmade or home-baked.

If you want to get a token gift for your Mum then Asda have a lovely selection of Mother's Day gifts available to buy in their seasonal aisle for no more than £5.00. There are lovely plant pots with flower seeds inside ready to grow (probably not the best present for me!) or pocket-money priced cups or this cute little bird keyring they sent me.

For something home-baked though these white chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a big hit. This recipe I adapted slightly from the one in Lorraine Pascale's new book but they are truly delicious and Husband went as far as saying they were better than a well-known cookie chain.


125g unsalted butter, softened
225g light brown sugar
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt
200g Green and Blacks white chocolate, roughly chopped

Let's bake

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. You'll need 2 or 3 baking trays lined with grease-proof paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and smooth. Add the egg and beat in and then add the vanilla essence.

Add the flour, bicarb of soda, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth but the mixture should be slightly sticky. Fold in the white chocolate.

Divide your dough into 12 which gives good sized cookies or you can make 6 huge ones. Use flour on your hands to roll them into balls and then flatten the balls until they are about 1 cm thick.

Place them on your baking trays, allowing plenty of space between them as they will spread when they bake. Bake in your oven for about 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Leave them to cool for about 5 minutes and then when slightly set move them on to a wire rack to finish cooling. If you can wait that long...

Lovely with a cup of tea in my "Mummy" mug from Asda!


hannah said...

Thanks for that recipe I am going to be baking them tonight I think im gad I read this before my food shop! They look soo yummy!! Ill be making gluten and dairy free so ill let you know about it. x

LauraCYMFT said...

Ooo let me know how they turn out! I'd love to hear what you use for substitutes. Enjoy :)

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