My oven. Moody. Possessed. Purveyor of uneven heat.
I have been married for two years and have spent a large portion of that time creating delicacies to please my husband's sweet tooth.
This is difficult with an oven that doesn't co-operate. Or speak English. Or play fair.
My oven is eccentric. Temperamental. Demonic.
I have taken to pot roast and the slow cooker like nobody's business to avoid the oven. I am also a big fan of the "no bake cookie".
My ongoing struggle has been to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I tried about 15 different recipes. They would either be raw and goopy or burned black. My very polite husband has eaten many a singed cookie during our marriage!
Then it dawned on me. It was not the recipe. IT WAS THE OVEN!
Then the battle began. I was up for the challenge.
I went to law school. I learned a foreign language. I pulled of the perfect wedding in the Whitsundays during cyclone season.
Weeks of scientific testing ensued. Controlled experiments with timers and temperatures and different cookie trays.
Today........ EUREKA!! I did it! The cookie jackpot!
An entire batch of perfect cookies. Every single one is edible. None are charred or so goopy they break in half! Crispy and golden and perfect.
How did I do it?
Preheat the oven to 160 c. Line trays with baking paper and lightly spray with oil. Cook for 5 minutes then rotate the trays.
Cook another 5 minutes then remove. Lift baking paper off the trays and cool on the counter for 5 minutes. Cookies will harden. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Hubs is due home any minute and I cannot wait to see his reaction.
See you in Geneva for the Nobel prize!
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