My deadlines are looming. I’ve got a paper due on the 6th of next month, THREE on the 10th, one on the 11th, and another two on the 17th. And exams in May. It’s a surprise my body hasn’t been found splattered at the foot of some HDB block yet. And as always, what happens when I’m stressed? My oven gets a tad overworked. haha. But this time, I needed more than just theraupeutic baking. I needed comfort food. You know, the kind of stuff that transports you back to your childhood; to a time when the only deadline you had to meet was to plonk yourself on the sofa before 6.30pm so you could catch captain planet. And your biggest worry was that you couldn’t find your mind-numbingly tiny polly pocket dolls. Sigh. I miss those days.
Anyways, I rummaged through the kitchen cupboards and look what I found!
Who doesn’t love the smell of Nestum? (I hope there aren’t actually people who do ‘cos that SO was a rhetorical question to which the answer is a resounding “no one!”) But anyway, Nestum always was my favourite baby food. It has just a little crunch to it, but still comfortingly thick and creamy. aahh. I even remember how the old tin looked like, with the picture of a happy family, mommy, daddy, a little girl and boy, all holding their bowls and mugs filled with steaming cereal. The days of innocent advertising…*grin*
So, armed with my tin of Nestum -50g free somemore!- I took out a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that a friend from college shared with me. I figured I’d add Nestum to the dough and see how it turned out, since many American recipes call for oats (rolled or instant) in their cookies.
Verdict. Good. A sweet chocolate chip cookie with a slight taste of Nestum. And it also was more crumbly than most cookies, ‘cos the rough cereal created tiny air pockets in the dough. Although, I think smaller, bite sized cookies would have been nicer and crisper. (Owing to my stressed out state of mind, I simply mounded heaped teaspoonfuls of dough onto the tray, which made rather large cookies as the dough spreads out quite abit in the oven) These cookies were crisp on the sides and just the slightest bit soft in the center, which is fine if that’s the way you like it. But I think I’d like smaller cookies which I could easily pop into my mouth and munch on.
Hanis’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nestum
(makes about 70 large cookies or 170 bite-sized)
190g brown sugar
175g butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 egg (break an egg in a bowl, beat and use half)
1/2tsp baking powder
chocolate chips, an infinite amount
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and fold into butter and sugar mixture. Stir in Nestum and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon
Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto ungreased trays and bake for 15-20mins at 180 degree C till slightly browned at the edges.