Thursday, October 16, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookie Attempt #2

This time, I was very determined to make a successful cookie. I planned in advance. I found some good chocolate bars in the bigger town. One secret ingredient I include in my chocolate chip cookies back home is vanilla instant pudding mix. It keeps the cookies soft and gives them a nice (read: not spread out like a pancake) shape. I wasn’t too sure about finding instant pudding mix in small town Morocco, but I was willing to work with what I could find—instant vanilla flan mix! What’s the difference, really?

After buying good-quality flour, more sugar and eggs, I proceed with attempt #2. I’m smarter this time, I use an actual cup as a “cup” to measure out my ingredients, insuring the proper chemistry. The flan mix creates an interesting yellow color, but no big deal. The texture is right, and things are looking good. I stick them in the oven, which looks like a cabinet and is at who-knows-what temperature, and try to keep and eye on them. The bottoms cook way faster than the rest of them, but I scrape off the char and they are okay. Second pan in, I watch even more carefully, the gas has been turned down a bit. They are right on the point of being perfect. Suddenly, a decision is made to put them on lower in the oven to ensure browning on top. Two seconds later they are crispy and brown/black. I scrape off more char.

Attempt number three might have to take place at my next host family, for my reputation is suffering here. However, our schedule suggests we try making a meal for our families on Sunday. I am going to go for the typically American food, pizza. The battle isn’t over with you yet, Moroccan oven!

8 comments:

Jr. said...

Lisa, I am so proud of you! Not just for the cookie attempts, but for all your risks! Can't wait to sit and talk with you when you get home (with a baby on my knee)...

-Jen

Claire Berman said...

If anyone can make baking work in new and unfamiliar circumstances, I am completely confident it is you, Lisa :) Keep at it!

Lisa said...

Jen- Yes! How are you doing? Send me an email :)

Claire- Thanks for the encouragement! I still need to email you, it will happen soon :)

gold-dragontsu said...

Trickiness vs. Tanacity... should be a classic matchup! My vote for Dual #3 - The Final Showdown goes to The Lisa. :}

~GD

Lisa said...

GD- I am determined!

Loda said...

Sounds like you did a good attempt though, you'll get it, you're a great cook!!!

Marcella said...

You are far better equiped to handle moroccan ovens than anyone else I know. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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