It’s Breadmaking Season
One of the things that I love about fall, aside from the spectacular displays of leaves turning color (which is more impressive that I would have expected in Northeast Arkansas), is the fact that the weather is turning cool enough that baking and breadmaking can be done without turning the house into an oven in it’s own right.
One of the favorites around here has always been the classic Toll House Chocolate Chip Recipe that’s been printed on the package of Semi-Sweet chocolate chip morsels for almost forever….
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
The only part about making this classic recipe is the mixing part. It’s easy enough to talk about mixing and beating and stirring but it’s entirely something else again to do it.. Especially since the cookie dough very quickly gets heavy enough that our poor handheld mixer can’t do much more than move it a little while it makes straining sounds and gets hot.
Of course this means that it’s time to fall back to elbow grease to get it mixed. It works, but my joints aren’t what they used to be and that I have to stop when they start complaining. Oh, it’s worth it in the end but I’d still like to have something like one of those cool looking Hamilton BeachÂ® Mixer units that I see various tv chefs using on the food network.
In fact, looking around on their website, the Hamilton BeachÂ® Stand Mixer looks like it could become a central part of just about any kind of mixing and baking tasks. Perhaps sometime we can get one of those fancy EclectricsÂ® Mixer units, at the very least to make those cookies easier to make.
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