Just a hunt for the perfect unisex mountain bike took a lot of our time and energy, but it was all fun. Hunted through many shops, mostly to find bicycles that cater to male needs than ease it for women on bikes. Heck! Especially if you are an Indian woman, short at height (that's anything below 5'5", and now don't get at guessing my height!), then you are in trouble for geared bikes! Hate that centre stem that makes it painfully difficult for female riders. After few heated discussions and a couple of hiccups, we made a final stop at Decathlon to take our perfect pick, the French branded B-twin. Getting hang of the gear system was a roller coaster and that didn't take long. Looking forward to an audacious bicycle trip!
Back home it was time to celebrate this with some fresh, home baked Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with inspiration drawn from Nigella's Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nigella Bites. Yet another chocolate indulgence at it's best! I hardly changed the recipe, except the title! These are no doubt, the BEST chocolate cookies ever! The original recipe calls for huge amounts of chocolate chips which would lead me to chocolate coma, so I reduced hugely on that! I suggest you to try this recipe yourself and know how good it will do to you!
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
60g dark chocolate
75g plain flour
15g cocoa, sieved
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
60g soft butter
38g light brown sugar
25g white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 egg, cold from the fridge
90g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Melt the dark chocolate either in the microwave or in a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water.
Put the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Cream the butter and sugars in another bowl. Add the melted chocolate and mix together. Beat in the vanilla extract and cold egg, and then mix in the dry ingredients. Finally stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop out equal-sized mounds using an ice cream scoop and place them on a lined baking sheet about an inch apart.
Cook for approximately 18 minutes till the cookies are done. Transfer them to a cooling rack to harden as they cool.
You can get 6 large cookies or 12 small cookies out of these. I made them in 2 batches. The first half went into the oven, while the second half into the freezer. The first batch looked almost like what you see on Nigella's site. Absolutely decadent! Crusty and rock-like, yet deeply fudgy, just like a brownie. The moment I brought them out of the oven, they vanished quickly. My husband and me devoured almost 3 warm cookies each at a time! So none were left to be photographed.
I really wish I had saved atleast one of that batch for this space. The second batch which came out of the freezer could easily be rolled to a dough. I didn't see the need for an ice-cream scoop. I could easily roll them in between my palms and they went into baking again. The chocolate chips I used in these got melted away with the heat while baking. Unfortunately! Each bite came with the punch of bitter sweet dark chocolate and it was truly a decadent pleasure for the chocolate lover in me.