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Rocky Road Cookies

今天清理廚櫃,找到半包迷你棉花糖、少量腰果及杏仁片(富然還有大包小包只用少少卻要買一大包的東西啦…),靈機一觸便做了這個石板街曲奇。食譜份量建基於上回的朱古力粒曲奇,但黑糖用光了,又沒時間做焦牛油,所以EC今次用只普通淡牛油和黃糖。雖然顔色比上次用黑糖的淺,又使用不同配料,卻仍然是soft and chewy!

裝飾方面是很隨意的,其實只要曲奇粉糰能黏得住,多少也沒所謂的。EC想健康點不想太甜所以會放多點果仁碎和少些棉花糖。棉花糖對角剪開一半視覺上會多些,朱古力粒則在曲奇焗起後才放在上面(因為想扮多,實際上只有那三、四粒),曲奇的熱力會將朱古力融化,放涼後朱古力是不會掉出來的,漂亮的水滴形狀亦得以保存。EC今次用的是大大粒足滿朱古力香的Ghirardelli 60%苦甜朱古力粒


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石板街曲奇

(可做二十塊)

材料
牛油溶液  85 克
龍舌蘭糖漿  20 克
黃糖  70 克
高筋麵粉  160 克
梳打粉   1/2 茶匙
鹽  1/2 茶匙
大蛋  1隻 (約 50-55 克)
香草醬  1 茶匙

裝飾
迷你棉花糖、果仁碎、黑朱古力粒  適量

做法

高筋麵粉、梳打粉及鹽混合過篩備用,迷你棉花糖對角切半。

牛油溶液、黃糖、龍舌蘭糖漿放入鋼盆用電動或座枱攪拌器拌勻,加入蛋和香草醬打至完全乳化。

粉類分兩次拌入混合物中(EC用座枱攪拌器以最底速拌匀,取膠刮用手輕手撈勻亦可),在粉類差不多拌勻時可加入棉花糖及果仁碎繼續輕手拌至完全混合成濕潤且黏手的粉糰,切勿過度攪拌。

粉糰上直接蓋上保鮮紙,連同鋼盤一同放入雪櫃雪三十分鐘(或至粉糰不黏手)。

預備焗曲奇前十五分鐘把焗爐預熱至350ºF/180ºC,烤盆內放牛油紙或矽膠墊。

從雪櫃取出粉糰(若粉糰太硬不能搓圓可先回温十分鐘),用湯匙或雪糕杓取少量粉糰在掌心搓成小圓球 (想平均分配粉糰可先秤粉糰總重量然後除20),放在烤盆上再用手按扁至約1/4吋厚。

放入焗爐6-8分鐘至曲奇邊緣轉金黃,但中央仍是軟軟的狀態後取出。曲奇中央會好像是未熟透的樣子,但餘熱會繼續令曲奇變熟。因焗爐大小及火力不同所以入爐時間只供参考,請自行用目測及手指按曲奇中央(小心熱)來判斷最佳入爐時間。

將朱古力粒(多少随意)放在剛焗起的曲奇上,待曲奇稍涼後(約兩分鐘)可將曲奇由烤盆轉移到鐵架完全放涼。

將棉花糖切半及把朱古力粒放在曲奇面可充大頭鬼
Cut marshmallows in half and place chocolate chunks on top of cookies to create an illusion without adding too much garnishes.

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龍舌蘭糖漿   Agave Syrup

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It was kitchen clean up day today and I found half a bag of mini marshmallow, a tiny bit of cashews and almond slices (and of course many other you-use-them-only-once-in-a while-but-need-to-buy-a-big-bag things) in my pantry.  So there came my Rocky Road Cookies.  I followed the dark chocolate chip cookies recipe I developed last time but used unsalted butter (I was too lazy to make brown butter) and light brown sugar (as I used up all my dark brown sugar).  The color of the cookies was lighter this time, but they remained soft and chewy even different ingredients were added.

You may add as many garnishes as you want as long as the dough can hold them in place.  I prefer my cookies to be less sweet and healthier so I tend to use more chopped nuts than marshmallows.  Marshmallows are cut in half so that it looks like there is more.  For a better presentation, chocolate chunks are placed on top of each cookie after baking.  The heat from the cookies will melt the chocolate so they won’t fall off after cooling.  Their pointy shapes will also be retained.  I use Ghirardelli’s 60% cacao chocolate chips here.  They are chunky and full of chocolate flavor.   

Rocky Road Cookies

(Makes 20 cookies)

Ingredients

Butter, melted  85 g
Agave nectar  20 g
Light brown sugar  70 g
Bread flour  160 g
Baking soda  1/2 t
Salt  1/2 t
Egg, large  1  (about 50-55 g)
Vanilla bean paste  1 t

Decorations

Mini marshmallow, chopped nuts, dark chocolate chunks

Directions

Sift and combine bread flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.  Cut mini marshmallows diagonally in half.

Combine melted butter, light brown sugar and agave nectar in another mixing bowl and beat with an  electric or stand mixer until combined.  Beat in egg and vanilla bean paste until completely incorporated.

Stir in flour mixture in two batches (I use the lowest speed on my stand mixer.  It can be done by hand with a large spatula as well).  When the flour mixture is almost incorporated, fold in chopped nuts and marshmallows until you get a sticky dough.  Do not over mix.

Place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or until dough is not sticky).

About 15 minutes before rolling, preheat your oven to 350ºF/180ºC.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.

Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator.  Let dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes if it is too firm for rolling.  Scoop out dough with a spoon or an ice-cream scoop and roll dough into a ball (you may weigh the dough then divide that weight by 20 so you get evenly sized cookies).  Place balls onto cookie sheet and flatten each to about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until edges are golden brown and the middle is still soft.  The cookies will look under baked but the residual heat will continue to cook the dough.  You will need to experiment with your own oven in order to determine the perfect baking time.

Press chocolate chips onto each cookie right after cookies are baked.  Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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