I was looking for inspiration to fuel a stint of pie making. I figured a quick search on Instagram, maybe viewing a lemon meringue pie or an apple pie would get my creative baking juices flowing. Pie is just pie, right? After all the definition of pie is a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry.
#pie…so simple. But once again I seem to have missed the memo related to searching in today’s tech world. I was expecting images of colourful scrumptious looking fruit pies with perfectly browned lattice tops or maybe, some fancy pastry cutouts adorning said pies. Unfortunately, this was not the case as I quickly learned!
Seems #pie isn’t for pies made with pastry and fruit. It’s for FEET! Oh yes, lots and lots of bare feet. Big feet and little feet. Some with wrinkly soles, long toes and polished nails. But sill feet and interestingly enough it seems to be just women’s feet. I’m pretty sure I’d recognize man feet if I saw them. Who knew there could be so many interesting ways to photograph feet…wet feet, bottoms of feet, jewelled feet and feet encased in strappy footwear and, well, it goes on and on.
After my inital ‘ick’ it was like a train wreck I couldn’t turn away from. It appears the ‘foot fetish’ people like their feet attached to scantily clad bosoms and behinds. Maybe the attractiveness of the bare feet increase with the barer the body attached to those feet. Since I had to stop looking before I saw something I wouldn’t be able to recover from my research into the #pie has come to an end.
This is why today’s recipe is for Chocolate Chip Cookies. I needed a chocolate fix to settle myself down and baking a pie will need to sit on the back burner for a while longer.
These chewy in the centre and crisp on the edges cookies are full of chocolate. This recipe from ‘Bake from Scratch’ has been made twice this week in my kitchen and I’m down to my last cookie. I modified the recipe slightly by using both whole wheat and all-purpose flours, both chocolate chips and chopped chocolate and a little less vanilla.
Using both chips and chopped chocolate makes for the perfect chocolate ratio in every bite. The chopped chocolate melts and spreads while the chips keep their shape.
Just make sure you have a few at the ready if and when you decide to starting look up hashtags on Instagam!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350F. Parchment line 2-3 cookie sheets.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped dark or semi-sweet chocolate
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, soda and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars together for about 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrap the bowl halfway through. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla.
With mixer on low, gradually add in flour mixture and mix only until combined.
Fold in chocolate. Use large scoop and place cookies on prepared sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart to allow for spreading.
Bake cookies about 12-14 minutes. Cookies will brown around edges but remain soft in the centre.
If using a medium scoop check cookies after about 9-10 minutes.