Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie 10: Chocolate Chunkers



Well I just have to say that I am SO glad next week's Tuesdays with Dorie is NOT a cookie! I have never made so many cookies in my life... Personally I prefer really simple cookies so the addition of all these nuts and fruits over the past couple of weeks has meant that they have not been getting eaten (by me anyway... S is another story). So I wasn't really surprised when I tasted a chocolate chunker and didn't really like it. I should have halved the recipe as it ended up making more than I thought it would. We (and by we, of course I mean S) ate about a quarter of them, the other quarter went in the bin and I have a freezer full of left over cookies to be baked sometime in the future! I'll probably bake them and palm them off when I can next.

Now I am all for 'playing around' as Dorie calls it, but S won't have a bar of it! I really wanted to add dried sour cherries or dried cranberries instead of the raisins but being the purist that he is, he wouldn't allow it. He even saw that Dorie's picture had white chocolate chips and insisted we use them- we both strongly dislike white chocolate... Instead of peanuts I also wanted to use toasted pecans but really I was fighting a lost cause. I'm sure I would have enjoyed these more with those substitutes.

I don't like giving away up coming Tuesday with Dorie recipes but I am in a bit of a pickle about the next one. A recipe has been chosen which requires summer fruits, but it has only just hit Spring here so we don't have anything available yet. I have some idea's for a substitute so hopefully it works!

The chocolate chunkers were chosen by Claudia of Fool for Food.

11 comments:

SiHaN said...

i agree with you on the recent onslaught of cookie baking. But still, its a phase to relish huh? the cookies were all so damm good!

Lori said...

i said the same thing!! enough with cookies already. (still, they were pretty great....)

Engineer Baker said...

I love cookies, but something simple would definitely be appreciated, I agree. And instead of plums... didn't Dorie say you could use just about any stone fruit? I'd suggest something with a slight bit of tartness to counteract the cake part, which is very sweet.

Carol Peterman said...

When you are ready to face cookies again you should try these and include only the things you like. I think of recipes as suggestions.

Jules Someone said...

I'm with you on wanting a little more simplicity. White chocolate? Ick.

Bria said...

Glad I'm not the only one who's looking forward to more non-cookie recipes!

engineer baker: Thanks for the advice :) I'm not sure if we have any stone fruits at the moment though. Maybe cherries but they might be gone already.

carol: Don't worry! This hasn't put me off cookies at all- i'll definitely make them again in the future (with the adjustments of course!)

n.o.e said...

well, no matter what you stirred in, these are never going to be a simple cookie! But I do think the cherries would be yummy. The plum cake is fab, and I think you could sub another fruit, even apples (maybe partially cooked).
Nancy

NQN said...

The dried sour cherries sound like they would have been a great addition. I hear you about Spring and fruit, luckily we have strawberries but I can't wait for Mangoes and Cherries!

Pamela said...

I'm all about the cookies, but I must admit that even I am looking forward to something else. My husband is looking forward to the creme brulee!

Tartelette said...

I'll take them off your hands!! My husband complains I don't make enough cookies!!
They turned out really cute though.

Barbara said...

They were very good with pecans and dried cherries -- tell S !

I'm glad we are switching away from cookies, too. For the plum cake -- perhaps some apples or pears, poached with a little lemon juice? Or even canned or frozen fruit?