Now, I'm certainly not pretending to be anything but an amateur in the kitchen, but it's a hobby I've harboured for as long as I can remember, and it's a passion I've felt an overwhelming need to indulge in recent weeks.
Upon meeting with friends last week, a look of alarm quickly spread amongst them; concern, even, at the sight of my contribution to the get-together - two large packages of various homemade treats - 'we know you're cracking up when the mixing bowls come out', mumbled A- through a mouthful of oatmeal cookie (because, no matter their concern about my personal state, they are always grateful for the homebaked goodies).
Of course, the moment I saw the name of these cookies - 'Chocolate Crackles' - I laughed, A-'s words springing instantly to mind, and I knew I just had to make them.
Plus, visually, these cookies are incredible.
Personally, I thought they were...okay. Definitely not an unpleasant taste, don't get me wrong - and I definitely think it's a personal thing, because everyone who tried one thought they were delicious - personally, I'm not a huge fan of pure chocolate in general, but that's just me, I guess!Mind you, it could just be that, with the sheer amount of preparation these cookies entailed, I was expecting something...more.
Definitely the kind of cookie you make to impress. Or, you know, take some quite nice photos (something the poor light in my kitchen wouldn't permit a great deal of).
What about you guys? Which hobbies or past-times do you indulge when you're feeling the pressures of everyday life? Are you a bit of an amateur baker, or is there another way to soothe yourself when you're feeling overwhelmed?
Recipe after the jump, if you're interested in whipping up a batch!