My good friends, the Gastronomic Girls, hail frozen raspberries as the ultimate in cocktail emergency ingredients. Well, I had a baking emergency this evening so I took inspiration from this post of theirs. My emergency wasn’t quite as desperate as theirs usually is of a Friday but, with a Saturday evening to myself I was desperate not to waste the chance of baking in peace. It was a spur of the moment evening alone, and my original plan was thwarted by the fact that himself has an unhealthy obsession with cream and had used up all the cream I bought yesterday!! With the little men in bed, going to the shop was out so I had to make do with what I had and as always I had frozen raspberries.
I have to add one caveat to the girls’ emergency ingredients and say, for the purposes of baking, you should always have a bar of chocolate in the press. A quick flick through my books for some inspiration, and I came up with these chocolate and raspberry cookies.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line your baking trays with parchment.
Beat 125g butter, 165g brown sugar, 1 egg and 1tsp of vanilla extract. I am a bit vague with the sugar type as I used a mix of light and dark brown sugar. I find all dark too much but all light and you loose some of the richness so I think it is a matter of personal preference.
Stir in 150g plain flour, 35g self-raising flour, 35g cocoa powder and 0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda. It’s easier to do this in 2 lots. Putting it all in together, creates a flour cloud that is not pleasant to inhale!
Next comes the magical emergency ingredients! Stir in 90g of chopped dark chocolate and 125g frozen raspberries. Fresh raspberries are too delicate so frozen is best as they hold their shape during the baking process.
Place large tablespoons of the mixture about 5cm apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, larger tablespoons give larger cookies and you can honestly say you had one but they take slightly longer to bake obviously.
I did learn something new whilst baking these and that is, I need more baking sheets. Yes dear, it is possible. I think a trip to buy some additional baking equipment is required. But not until I eat as many of these as possible! Yummee!