Peanut Butter Cookies

The easiest instant-gratification peanut butter cookies with maximum flavour!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Whole Earth Smooth)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted (or the same in self-raising flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (skip this if using self-raising flour)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for rolling

Instructions

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Preheat oven to 175C/350F. Cream peanut butter & butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to combine. Add egg & vanilla, and beat until creamy. Add flour, combine till batter looks like this.

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Line tray with parchment paper. Place granulated sugar on a plate. Roll cookie dough into balls & roll balls in sugar to coat them completely.

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Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake until cookies begin to puff up slightly, about 12 minutes, until they are just brown around the edges.

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Remove from oven and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.

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Serve with coffee & enjoy!

Easy Breakfasts

So I finally got around to trying the chia seed breakfast pudding from my 2015 list. I was a little nervous, and now I don’t know why. I just made a portion for myself, in case I loathed the taste of it. Now I wish I made more!

#chia #seeds #breakfast

CHIA SEED PUDDING

  • 3 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk (any variety)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Stir the honey into the milk, then add the chia seeds and stir again. Place in the fridge overnight, and stir again before eating in the morning. I topped mine with some cinnamon & glazed ginger pieces. Dee-lish!

Here are some chia cookbooks on sale at the Book Depository right now, and they offer worldwide shipping (see disclosure):

And then there was the back-up cornbread, in case the chia pudding didn’t work out.

#cornbread #cranberries #nuts

EASY CORNBREAD

  • 1 cup cornmeal (I used polenta)
  • 1 cup flour or semolina or 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used demerara)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg (plus 1 extra egg if using coconut flour)
  • 1 cup milk (any kind) (plus a little extra if using coconut flour)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, coconut oil or melted butter
  • Chopped nuts and dried fruit are a nice addition

Pre-heat your oven to 200C or 400F before you start mixing the ingredients, and get your muffin liners or loaf tin ready.

Blend all the dry ingredients in one large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, beating the egg well. Combine wet with dry, stir well but don’t overdo it or the muffins will come out quite stiff. Don’t worry about a few lumps. Pour into the loaf tin or spoon into muffin cups.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool & serve.

I smothered mine in butter, washed down with a delicious cup of coffee. Read along to The Cornbread Book by Jeremy Jackson. It’s laugh-out-loud, read-it-out-loud funny, and the recipes are terrific, too. What Monday blues? Now to get down to some real work!

Coffee Craic

Craic: Irish word for fun/enjoyment that has been brought into the English language

I working from coffee shops. I’m addicted to coffee. And WiFi. My wonderful friend, Beth, sent me a link to Chris Ward’s London coffee map last year and I’ve tried to work my way through it (all in the name of research), in case a random tourist should stop me to ask if I know where they can get good coffee.

And while I was working my way through it, he has updated the coffee Tube map for 2015 and rolled out his latest offering…

Grounded contains everything overheard, read, seen or tweeted in a coffee shop that will help you rediscover the important things in life. It contains the wisdom of the biggest names, smartest thinkers and… a hundred coffee shop blackboards!

Available on Amazon & at these cafes & stores.

<- I have recently added this book to my wish list (it’s my birthday in a few months!). I’ve been told it’s ‘a global guide to the magic beans’. With rich photographs & informative text, it’s a great gift for a coffee-lover. Could you please tell my husband it’s available from Amazon or Book Depository, and available for my Kindle, too? 

And if you catch yourself looking around in a coffee shop, and wondering about the people around you, perhaps Spilling the Beans is for you! 

Only on Kindle at present, with the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity benefiting from the sales of this anthology.

And now since it’s a day ending in Y, I’m off to worship the bean!