Surprise parties, mystery boxes and lucky draws. What do all of these have in common? Of course the surprise or shock factor. Unfortunately I am in the minority; I really do not take surprises well.
I think the last time I ever had a “surprise” something, it was during University tutorials and my friend would think it would be funny get the whole class (and the tutor) to hide and then jump out on me when I walked to the dark class room. Let’s say they will not be doing it again anytime soon unless they want permanent hearing damage. Sure it was my birthday and it did have good intentions but really save your energy.
I do like the not knowing what is to come or being kept in the dark from information that could have a significant impact. Being surprised to me is like is almost as unenjoyable as sitting a university essay exam and probably would be as anxiety provoking too.
This means that a lot of things are quite unpleasant to me especially since I do get scared easily( however I can watch SAW series without breaking sweat; weird I guess) This rules out first person shooter games, lucky draw type events, blind fold games and the odd surprise party.
I must really be boring. No wonder my days are so predictable. *face palm*
However there is one surprise that I could get used to is that when I try out a new recipe and it turn out to be brilliant. I love those surprises especially if I had low expectations of it or I was uneasy about how it looked before going in the oven.
Trust me the first time I ever made a self-saucing pudding I thought I would have to throw out the whole dish because it would be a massive fail. While I still have anxieties about making a soufflé or pulling off the perfect deep fry, one food that has never failed me has to be cookies.
What food or recipe have you been putting off making because you are unsure it will work?
I normally prefer my oatmeal cookies crunchy, much like the ANZAC biscuits Australia is so popular for.
However I have deviated from that path and decide to use a recipe from the newspaper. This is a recipe From Bill Granger a well-known chef and owner of Bill’s who specialises in modern Australian cooking. I absolutely adore his restaurant; if you ever get the chance to go there you must try the corn fritters.
Oh my GOD! Heaven on a plate.
He is also famous for his bakery goods, so I knew this recipe had to be good. Now these are bakery style oatmeal cookies made adult by using hazelnut meal and nutella. Big, round and undeniably chewy because of the rolled oats; a sight of beauty if you ask me after a long day of running errands (yes even on holidays I need to do things. sign).
The best parts about these cookies are they really do taste like pure Nutella, only in a portable cookie. I think that is down to large percentage of it in the cookie and the addition of roasted salted hazelnuts. An added benefit of these cookies is that you get bang for your buck, they make 18 large cookies for minimal effort and everyday ingredients.
GIANT OATMEAL NUTELLA COOKIES
Barely adapted from the recipe in “The age”
MAKES 18x8cm diameter cookies or 8 20cm cookies
55g unsalted butter
100g firmly packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1tsp hazelnut extract
120g plain flour
100g rolled oats
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
90g roasted salted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and hazelnut extract, until fluffy again.
Add the Nutella and milk, until the mixture is smooth.
Stir in the flour, oats and bicarbonate of soda.
Drop 4 generously heaped tablespoons of dough onto each baking tray, leaving at least 7cm space between each to allow for spreading.
Roll the balls in the hazelnuts. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until dry-looking and covered with even cracks. Leave to cool and firm up on the baking trays for 2 minutes before carefully peeling away from the paper. Cool on a wire rack and serve.