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A Half-Baked Valentine’s Day

Nothing says you love someone like chocolate. It’s true - ask any woman (and possibly many men too). Usually I wouldn’t turn down a box of chocolates, especially on Valentine’s Day, but due to the truck load that we received at Christmas, I’ve enforced a chocolate ban in our household until further notice.

Which is fine, because we don’t really buy into the big commercial circus that is Valentine’s Day anyway. But, just so we don’t feel completely left out, we don’t let it go entirely unnoticed either. Si usually cooks me dinner, since that’s a rare occasion, and I take care of dessert. The problem this year though is that we’re both super duper busy this week. Social Media Week London is on which means I’ve been attending events and networking at all hours of the day and night. There’s no time for us to sit down together and eat a meal and dessert, let alone find the time to make them.

I couldn’t bring myself to sit by and do nothing though, so late Monday night I whipped up a batch of cookies that I knew would appeal to Si’s taste buds: Peanut Butter and White Chocolate, and sent him off to work with a lunch box full of them on Tuesday.

I may have snuck a couple for myself too and I have to say they were pretty good. I got the recipe from this month’s Good Food Magazine and the only change I made was doubling the amount of chocolate (a good move). I’m not going to proclaim they’re the best cookies ever, because it’s just not true, but they’re worth making if you like peanut butter and feel like something other than your usual choc chip. They were a little crumbly, so I’d maybe advise adding an extra egg. However, it was my first time making them so maybe it was just an off-batch. See the bottom of this post for the original recipe, and let me know your thoughts if you do make ‘em.

To accompany the cookies, I stopped off at Konditor and Cook and picked up two of their Mini Raspberry Fudge Tarts (Fudglets). A friend of mine introduced me to this adorable cake shop that has a cult following in London, which includes celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. As expected, it was bursting with people on Valentine’s Day, so I didn’t get to browse as much as I’d hoped to. No big deal - I’ll just make sure I go back again in the near future. The little tarts were delicious, with rich chocolate ganache atop fresh raspberries in a buttery, homemade pastry case. They were reasonably priced too, especially for central London, with two tarts for £2.50. The presentation wasn’t immaculate (I tidied them up a bit), but I’ll give them another chance considering it was probably their most busiest day of the year.

White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

- 100g unsalted butter, softened

- 100g crunchy peanut butter

- 50g soft brown sugar

- 50g golden caster sugar

- 1 egg (trial 2 if you choose, and let me know how it goes)

- 100g plain flour

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- 50g white chocolate chunks or buttons (I doubled it to 100g)

Method:

Heat oven to 180 degrees celcius and line or grease two baking trays.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and egg and beat until mixed in well.

Sift in the dry ingredients and carefully fold together until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chunks.

Place tablespoon sized dollops of cookie dough onto the baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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