I know I promised you a recipe for a cake today. A carrot-y, nutty, moist, gluten-free carrot loaf that makes a rather pleasant breakfast for both rushed mornings and calm; however, when I tested the recipe (and my memory as I hadn’t written the recipe down the first time I made the loaf) the result was, well, tasty but just a little lack-lustre. (if you really want a breakfast-appropriate loaf cake see here, here, and here; or, go for these scrolls if you have the time)
And lustre is something that a thoroughly nourished life (and, by extension, a thoroughly nourished recipe) should never lack. So, in the spirit of fortitude (and greed) I turned to a cookie for comfort. Upon first bite the skies cleared (actually no, it was raining), the roses bloomed, and all was well in the world again. All memory of the (almost) failed carrot cake was gone.
I am sure that when you taste these you will agree that a cookie is a great comfort in a world where sometimes your cake recipe kinda sucks, or you get a run in your stockings when you hop out of your car at work, or you spill your tea all over your laptop and printer minutes before you have to call a patient (hello 9am), or you forget to return your library books for the third week in a row (hello 11am), or sleep in an hour past your alarm and your boyfriend only makes it to work 15 minutes before his boss (hello Thursday morning).
A cookie reminds you that despite these (rather minor) disasters this is also a world where you have jam to make the cake (or anything really) taste better, no-one expects you to wear stockings and if you have hairy legs people shouldn’t be looking that close anyway, your patients are sweet and understanding and your laptop is somehow miraculously semi-waterproof, the library understands that you have never (like, ever) returned a book on time in your entire 22-year library history, and your boyfriend’s boss doesn’t care that he was 15 minutes late (and your own co-worker – the sweetest Jenny – makes sure you get a coffee just as you are about to defenestrate your computer, which you can’t anyway because you have a window-less office).
Cookies are good. Life is good.
Softly-Comforting Coconut and Sultana Cookies
Makes about 14 cookies. You can use 100 grams of plain flour in place of the rice and coconut flours if you do not need these to be gluten-free. They will be just as delicious.
- 75 grams butter, softened
- 60 grams brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut essence
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- 1/3 cup moist shredded coconut (use dessicated if you can’t find this)
- 80 grams almond meal
- 50 grams brown rice flour
- 50 grams coconut flour
- 1/3 cup sultanas
- Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper – now you’re all set, time to get mixing.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl weigh in the butter and brown sugar and add vanilla essence and coconut essence. Cream these together until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and beat until fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the salt, baking powder, coconut, almond meal, brown rice flour, and coconut flour.
- Add flour mix to the egg-and-butter mix and stir until the dough forms.
- Sprinkle in the sultanas and mix these through.
- Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Make sure you distance the cookies as they will spread slightly.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet (you may need to eat one at this point for quality control purposes of course…)
- The cookies will keep in an airtight container for a few days – if they last that long.
Of course, as a scientist I must give the last word to an expert in the field.
Tell me, dear reader, are you a cookie for comfort person, or cake, or do you have a healthier way of dealing with first-world problems? On a different note, who was your favourite Sesame Street character? (I think we can all guess mine…)