Last night was our monthly sewing circle - I failed miserably and managed three stitches before we all descended into giggles - it must have been the wine. We will have to try harder next time! It is so nice that women from all generations and walks of life in our village can get together and laugh so much! I took along some new cookies and they were given the seal of approval.
White Chocolate Praline Cookies
Makes 18, preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 10 - 12 minutes
5oz caster sugar
1 heaped tbsp hazelnut butter
5 1/2oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
100g white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/180/375F. Cream the butter, hazelnut butter and sugar with a mixer until light and then beat in the egg. Add the flour, bicarb and chocolate chips and mix again. The dough should be light but not too sticky, add a little more flour if needs be. Divide into 18 balls and place on greased and lined baking trays, pressing each cookie down slightly. Leave room between each one as they will spread during cooking. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until golden and still soft to touch - these cookies should be chewy not hard. For decoration, drizzle with a little icing or melted chocolate. Placed in a bag with a pretty bow these make a perfect gift.
Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx