Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 15 - Baking cookies

This morning before school, I washed all the tools and marked them with bands of plastic tape (blue and red) so that I could identify them from other students tools.
At class we started with the Chef demonstrating how to make Cocoa Brysselkex Cookies. He had all the students crowd around his table up front, so I was able to see well. This is a checker board looking cookie with vanilla dough and chocolate dough. It uses the creaming method of mixing the ingredients. Afterwards we went back to our table and made the dough and the put in the refrigerator so it can cool down. Later we pulled the cool dough, rolled it out, then cut and assemble the dough. As luck would have it, I cut my finger on the first day baking in the kitchen. Fortunately, it was a very small cut. Anyway, tomorrow well cut and bake the dough we made today. I'll try to remember to take pictures. For this project, my team mate and I worked well together.

Next our table had two recipes to make. My partner made the Chocolate Chip Cookies and I made the Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Both of our cookies came out good. They looked and tasted good. They would among the best in the class. For many different reasons, many student's cookies spread out too much. Maybe a few might have been a hair undercooked and none were burnt. Some tables made Peanut Butter cookies, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, Sugar cookies, Almond Cherry cookies.

We got to taste our own cookies, and we were allowed to bring three cookies home. The chef took the rest for what purpose I don't know. Probably to eat them tonight. The benefits of being the Chef.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I pulled out my new Salter Model 1008 Digital Kitchen Scale and it would not power on. I'll take it back to the store tonight. I don't think I'll exchange it for the same. The school book store has an inexpensive digital scale for $20, so I'll try it tomorrow.
I'll have to look for another home scale. Maybe I'll get the OXO scale again.


  1. Should have used Black and Gold tape to identify your tools... GEAUX SAINTS!!!

  2. Hope the checker board cookies come out well. Did they say why they selected that type of cookie and is there any chance they will teach you how to make jelly roll cookies?