Wednesday 2 July 2014

Crisp Chocolate Bites (William Sonoma) 外脆内软的巧克力饼干(中英食谱教程)

I almost forgot that I have a copy of The William Sonoma baking book until I saw Zoe's post on the crisp chocolate bites. You see, the problem with me is I am attracted to recipe books since I started baking 3 years ago. I did a recent count and realised that my collection has almost hit 100! I have to refrain myself from buying any more as I haven't even finish a quarter of the collection and many are still new and shrinkwrapped! 

I baked these cookies this morning and the aroma of cocoa filled the whole house. This recipe is meant for making crisp chocolate cookies but since I love fudgy and chewy cookies, I made them larger in size and bake at the same timing as what I read in Zoe's blog, the cookies really came out gooey, soft inside and crisp on the outside due to the icing sugar. Zoe, my cookies are huge and almost 5 times bigger than what the original recipe meant it to be and I love it....hehe! 

This is the best crisp and chewy chocolate I have made so far and I highly recommend it to you if you like soft chewy dark chocolate cookies just like me. However, if you prefer a crispy texture, you can make smaller ones and let it cool completely to get crunchy cookies. If you really can't decide which you prefer, may I suggest that you do half the dough in bigger cookies and the other half in smaller cookies, baking at the same timing and you will get two different results. After trying, you'll be able to tell which suits your palate most. :) 

William Sonoma's Crisp Chocolate Bites 

(Took reference from The William Sonoma Baking Book Pg 44 and Bake For Happy Kids, took time to translate the recipe to Chinese as well.)

Ingredients 食

90g unsalted butter, cut into smaller pieces
60g 85% chocolate, break into smaller pieces (I used Lindt 85%)
145g caster sugar (sugar reduced tremendously from original 250g)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g plain flour
25g unsweetened cocoa powder (use premium brand like Valrohna or Barry Cacao)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
40g Icing sugar

90克 无盐牛油,切成小块 
60克 85%的巧克力,拨成小块(我用Lindt85%) 
145克 幼糖(原食谱糖的分量是250克,我已大大的降低) 
鸡蛋 1个 
1茶匙 香草精 
110克 中筋面粉 
25克 无糖可可粉(用上等的Valrhona 或 Barry Cacao) 
1/2茶匙 苏打粉 
1/4茶匙 盐 
40克 糖粉

Method 方法: 

1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the butter and chocolate. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until they are melted and the mixture is smooth. 

2. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the sugar until evenly moistened. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy. 

3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture. Gradually add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
3。面粉,可可粉,苏打粉和盐一起筛入巧克力糊,搅拌均匀。 用保鲜纸盖住, 放入冰箱冷藏至凝固,约1小时。

4. Preheat an oven to 170°C top and bottom heat with fan. Line baking trays with baking paper. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Shape the dough into balls and roll in the icing sugar to coat completely.  Place the balls about 4cm apart on the prepared pans. 
4。预热烤箱,170摄氏度上下火风扇。烤盘铺烤纸。从冰箱取出饼干面团。面团揉成圆球状, 放进装着糖粉的碗,在里头滚动直到面团完全占有糖粉。摆在烤盘上,每粒距离4公分。

Bake the cookies until puffed and cracked on top, about 12 mins. (it is ok for the centre to appear underdone and gooey) Let cool on the pans for 2 to 3 mins, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 
5。 放入烤箱烤约12分钟直到饼干表面破裂。(中间看似烤不熟的样子是没问题的)从烤炉取出,把烤盘放在凉网上2至3分钟后,再将饼干转移到凉网架上完全冷却。

Personal notes 小笔记:

1. The original recipe can yield 42 small and crispy cookies, I made 9 large crisp and chewy ones and love it to bits!
1。原本食谱的配方可以做42粒脆脆的饼干。我做了9个大大外脆内软的, 特别喜爱!

2. If you like crisp and chewy cookies like me, use 1.5 tablespoon of cookie dough to shape larger cookies. (I use an ice-cream scoop) If you like crispy cookies, use 1 teaspoon of cookie dough to shape smaller cookies and cool them completely for crispier taste.

3. To make really good chocolate cookies, please use premium dark chocolates and cocoa powder. 

My half eaten huge fudgy cookie! >.<

This post is linked to Bake Along hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Her Frozen Wings. 

The cooking temperature as suggested in all my recipes serve as a guideline. Every oven has different thermostat, you may have to adjust the temperature and timing to suit your oven. Different brand of ingredients have different composites, thus there may be a slight difference in the end result.  食谱里的烘烤温度和时间只是供参考,每一架烤炉的恒温器都不同,请自己调适。不同品牌的材料有不同的复合材料,所以最终成品有可能稍有不同。

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Victoria Bakes said...

I love these cookies but I love to have yours MOrE!! Lindt chocolate! Good ingredients... Yum yum

Baking Taitai said...

Vic, I'll give you some in exchange for your shortbread cookies, deal! ;p

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Hi Cheryl, your's are gigantic cookies ! Yummy ... ha ha enough to pass around? Enjoy!

Baking Taitai said...

Thanks are right, there's not enough to pass around. Made 9 huge ones with this batch and they are all gone in a day! Next time must make more...hehe! ;p

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Cheryl
Looks like we have something in common., the love for cookbooks! Haha! I have so many too, and would read them in the early morning, daytime and at night! LOL! So mine are all out of their shrink-wraps!!
Your cookies look great! My family generally prefers crunchy cookies, but these were gone in two days!
Thank you for baking along with us, hope to see you again!

Bakericious said...

I used to love crispy cookies but now I prefer chewy ones, your cookies looks very delicious and using 85% dark chocolate, woa...

mui mui said...

Love how pretty crack your cookies have.
Can I have a piece please?? :)

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Joyce, thanks for dropping by. Wish I have more time to read my recipe books but the household chores and kids are weighing me down..but looking at the nice yummy photos do cheer me up. ;)

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Jess, I bought Lindt 90% & 99% ones too to try out next time, hehe....

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Doreen, sorry they are all gone within the day as its too delicious haha...Will keep for you next time, ok? ;)

Jozelyn Ng said...

Cheryl, 爱烘培的人就喜欢买食谱。。。我家里也有一大堆,真正跟着食谱做的料理,都还没到1%,哈哈哈!
这个饼干那天看到 Zoe 做的时候,就很喜欢。。。我bookmark太多食谱了。。。就好像你那个魔术蛋糕到现在都还没变出来。。。哈哈哈!

Noob Cook said...

yummy looking! love that the recipe can tweak to get desired softness or crisp.

Baking Taitai said...

Jozelyn, 谢谢你在忙碌中还来我家拜访我,好感动!也很高兴在小拇指活动认识了你, 好期待你把魔术蛋糕变出来哦! :)

Baking Taitai said...

Thanks Wiffy, this chocolate cookies recipe is a keeper! :)

lena said...

wow, 5 times bigger..those must be really huge size! i'm glad that you tried out this recipe and liked it. I made them much smaller and followed the baking time , they turned out chewy and crispy too. Thanks so much for baking along with us and also nice to know you! see ya!

Kimmy said...

Hi Cheryl, looking at the ingredients you used, I know these crisp chocolate bites are definitely good. I have told Joyce and Lena that I'll bake these. Your post convinced me to bake them soon.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hmmm these cookies look so delicious! This is how you make the crackles... how fun! Love the cookies with crisp outside and fudgy inside. I need a big cup of coffee and several cookies to end the busy Sunday... :)

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Lena, thanks for dropping by and nice knowing you too! Yes, I made huge cookies which even after eating a piece, I'm still craving for more....haha greedy me!

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Kimmy, yes these are really good and best chocolate cookies I have ever made, you must try soon! ;p

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Nami, these cookies are delicious with its unique cracks, it sure makes you crave for more after trying one. ;p

Zoe said...

Hi Cheryl,

Sorry for my late visit :p I actually prefer the larger cookies than the smaller crispy ones. Your large cookies look very yummy!

Now, I know that you are also a cookbook addict. Glad that I'm not the only one :p


Baking Taitai said...

Hi-5 Zoe! I want to thank you especially as your post has helped me to dig out my forgotten book and also to discover such a delicious chocolate cookies recipe! Have a blessed weekend! :)