A vintage inspired baking kit in a jar is fast becoming a popular gift for foodies. Supermarkets, department stores and market stalls are all selling them and with various recipes to choose from, there is something for everyone.
3 years ago my friend Vicky gave me one of these jars, but it wasn’t one she picked up from the local shops, it was one she made. Ok so the jar she bought but the recipe was one she had chosen, tried and tested before carefully weighing out the ingredients and layering them one on top of the other until the jar was filled. She finished it off with a homemade tag with the baking instructions. I loved it, still do! In fact since then I have returned the jar each year before Christmas for a refill and this year, I have some choc chip fudge cookies. So with my new apron on (another Christmas present) I decided to get baking.
Without an image of what the finished cookies should look like, I only had my baking knowledge to go on when it came to how they were looking as I made them. Although I added more oil, I perhaps needed a bit more as the cookies were shaped rather than rolled into balls before being put on the baking tray. After 15 minutes in the oven, the cookies had browned nicely so I popped them onto the wire rack to cool. As Vicky instructed I had one with my cup of tea and they tasted delicious. The outer was crunchy, the middle was chewy and the chocolate chips melted by the touch of my fingers. An indulgent treat perfect for Christmas time when the calories don’t count (or at least that’s what I’ve been told).
Choc Chip Fudge Cookies – makes about 20
150g plain flour
½ teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
150g soft light brown sugar
100g dark chocolate chips
100g fudge pieces
2 large tablespoons of vegetable/sunflower oil
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
Empty the contents of the jar (or measure them out) into a mixing bowl, add the egg and oil and mix well
Roll in balls approx. 3cm in diameter and space well apart
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown
Eat and enjoy with a cup of tea