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

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 12 - 15 minutes

Makes 15

250g self raising flour, sifted

100g plain flour, sifted

pinch of salt

200g caster sugar

½tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp ground ginger

125g butter

1tbsp golden syrup

1 large egg, lightly beaten

200g plain chocolate, chopped into large chunks

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F. Grease and line two baking trays. Mix together the flours, salt, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger in a mixing bowl. Heat the butter with the syrup until the butter has melted, cool and then stir into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Beat in the egg and chopped chocolate.

Divide the dough into 15 balls and place on the trays leaving a large gap between each as the cookies will spread during cooking. Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Leave to cool on the trays for a few minutes then transfer to a rack with a spatula to cool.


Rita said...

Sounds yummy! Will definately make it.

Marie said...

Those look incredibly scrummy Hannah!

Heatherfeather said...

Hannah, these cookies are amazing. I made them last night and they brought a huge smile to my face. How could I not smile with melted chocolat dripping from every corner of the cookie ;)