With not having all my precious cook and bake books with me in New Zealand I had to come up with some solutions for finding recipes. Of course nowadays the nearest solution is the Internet. And luckily the recipes are all very similar when looking for something special. In my case I was looking for a good starting point. I decided that Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great way to test how baking in another country works.
For 4 dozen cookies
1 cup soft butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
Cream the butter and the sugar together until it’s smooth. Put in the eggs and stir in the vanilla. Prepare the baking soda with the hot water and add it. Stir in salt, flour and chocolate chips.
Drop large spoonfuls onto an ungreased pan.
Put it into the oven for about 10 minutes.
To make it a little bit different you can also add 1 cup of chopped walnuts at the same time you add the chocolate chips.