Happy Blogiversary to me! Exactly a year ago I made my first ever blog post. You can view it here if you realllly want to, but be warned it’s rather painful on the eyes!
It all started when I had to start a blog for a project at university but has now become so much more than that. I am so glad I had that kick start as Emily’s Kitchen is now rather special to me. I have always loved writing and baking and having a chance to combine the two is my favourite hobby!
Things have changed quite a lot for me since that first post in 2014, both in the blogosphere and in the real world. When I began I was only halfway through uni, just beginning my second term of 2nd year it felt like my life of education would never end. A year on I am merely months away from finishing my degree and heading into the big wide world! Writing this blog has made me realise I would love to be able to do something creative as a career and hopefully my Journalism degree will allow me to do just that. Ideally I would just bake forever but that is a wild dream! (If anyone wants to give me a job I would be eternally grateful!).
Things have also changed within my blog. My photography has improved, to the extent of planning bakes around when the natural light will be better! I have found that I mainly post baking, despite having a plan to share savoury dishes too. Hopefully I will add some more savoury stuff soon but as I don’t generally follow recipes for dinner it requires a bit more planning!
I have gained just over 100 followers, which to me is a really big deal! I have also had some extremely kind comments and come across some inspirational blogs along the way!
Some of the blogs I have come across and loved have been:
Check them out, I promise you will love them as much as I do!
Before I get on to the recipe I just wanted to say thank you to anyone that has ever viewed, liked or followed Emily’s kitchen. I appreciate it all. I hope the next year is even better than the last!
Now, onto the recipe. This was a bit of a gamble but turned out pretty successfully! Although I would say its less of a cookie, more of a blondie due to it’s thickness. I’m not complaining…
150g butter at room temperature
150g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg yolk
pinch of salt
200g plain flour
25g corn flour
200g of your favourite chocolate
1.Preheat the oven to 170C (fan).
2. Beat the butter and sugar. Then beat in the egg(s) and vanilla.
3. Sieve the flours and salt into the egg/ sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Add 3/4 of the chocolate you chose and mix.
5. Press into a 8″ sandwich tin with a metal spoon. Stud with extra chocolate.
6. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover with foil and bake again for a further 15-20. This prevents the cookie browning too much.
7. Wait for the cookie to cool completely before removing from the tin and enjoying a huge slice!
I thoroughly enjoyed both making and eating this giant cookie. I think it would make a great alternative to birthday cake. (I just used my blog’s birthday as an excuse…does that count?)
Have you ever made a giant cookie? How did it turn out?
Once again thank you so much for your support!
Until next time,
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