Category: baking

Karen Barbe – A touch of Chile in your kitchen


I discovered this lovely  textile designer tonight whilst reading my favourite magazine, Frankie. Karen Barbe is based out of Santiago, Chile and has some fabulous products up for grabs on her website. I fell in love with these ever-so-cute potholders to stop your benches suffering from hot pans. There are two ranges available and will only set you back about $38 each. I really adore the colours she uses in her designs and when I look at them I can’t help but think of cupcakes, lollypops and cookies. The designs make me smile. Practical, stylish and something to keep forever.

You can also find Karen’s facebook page here.


Chocolate chip cookies


I have been baking these cookies for the last few years and they are always a sure way to make someone smile. This is adapted from the Jacques Torres recipe published in the NY Times in 2008. One of the best things is that the recipe makes a huge amount of cookie dough so you can always pop some into the freezer for another day too. Or if you’re like me you will make a batch a day over a few days and enjoy an ongoing supply of cookies.


3 ½ cups plain flour

1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp Maldon sea salt
1 ¼ cups unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 cup raw granulated/Demerara sugar (raw granulated sugar is fine.)
2 free-range eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
600g bitter chocolate chips/chunks (I use 1/3 milk 2/3 dark chocolate)
Maldon sea salt (for sprinkling)


Combine all dry ingredients and sift into a bowl.


Cream the butter and the sugar in a bowl for about five minutes so it is light and fluffy (I used the kitchen aid for this). Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla.


Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Lastly fold through the chocolate chunks so they are distributed evenly.


Now the original recipe calls for the dough to be chilled for 36 hours, but I usually can’t wait that long so I cook a small batch straight away and bake the rest up after the dough has chilled for at least 24 hours.

Once the dough is ready, mould the dough into small spoonfuls and place onto a greased baking tray. Flatten them ever so slightly and sprinkle them with some Maldon salt.


To bake, set your oven to 180℃ and cook for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown, but still soft. Depending on your oven this might be a little more, or a little less. Place on a wire rack to cool, and voilà!