The classic British dessert made with strawberries, meringue and whipped cream. Eton mess. The most tremendous way to end summer, considering it's leaving us at a rapid rate. We've turned the nations favourite sweet treat into a cookie. After all, we are Gookie Dough! Crunchy edges and a soft chewy centre will make you want to hold onto every last second of sunshine.
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You will need: (Makes 16 cookies)
125g of butter
200g of golden caster sugar
One teaspoon vanilla extract
200g plain flour
One teaspoon of baking powder
50g of white chocolate chunks or chips
18g of freeze-dried strawberries
25g of meringue drops
Melted white chocolate
Red sprinkles (or red velvet Gookie Dough!)
Firstly, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take your freeze-dried strawberries and break them up into smaller pieces by using a rolling pin. Take a mixing bowl and cream the butter and caster sugar together until fully combined and it starts to become fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix them in until fully incorporated.
Sift in the plain flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Next, fold in the strawberries and white chocolate chunks. Spoon the mixture onto your baking tray and then add 4-5 meringue drops per cookie. Push them into the batter so they are in the middle and cover with more mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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Once the cookies are out of the oven, place onto cooling racks and allow to cool fully. Now it's the best part! Decoration. Melt your white chocolate and take a spoon and drizzle it all over the cookies or you can use a piping bag. Add the red sprinkles and take some Red Velvet Gookie Dough. Simply roll a small ball into your hand and then break off parts to sprinkle onto the Eton mess cookie. Delightful! What now? Dig in! *Recipe adapted from The Baking Explorer*
So, if you're a true Eton mess fan, you may be concerned that there isn't any whipped cream. It seemed rather impossible to add any cream into the cookie mixture so instead, I'd advise popping a big dollop on the side and some additional meringue pieces to complete the tradition and let those taste buds go to heaven.
All aboard the viral food wagon because we've got the latest breakthrough which you're certain to see on Instagram. That's right, stretchy ice cream. Sounds as if it has some weird kind of elastic in it or is something that shouldn't be eaten. You are wrong, here is the story.
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The name makes you think of spirits, wine and beer. A bit like a bar or pub, but you'll be wrong. Booza is, in fact, an ice cream style that was born in the Levant. Besides its playful name, it is super stretchy. Think of mozzarella sticks that are fresh from the fryer and the furthest pulling will not break the magical stretch. You're probably thinking that the texture of this ice cream is rubbery but it is in fact intensely creamy. The summer staple is that Booza melts slower than other ice creams so no need to shove it down your throat in the sunshine.
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It's confusing. What is the super secret ingredient that gives such a stretchy mixture? Booza is made with standard ice cream ingredients, you know, milk, cream and flavourings. However, it doesn't contain any egg. The base gets mixed with salep and mastic. Salep is a flour which is made from orchid root and mastic is a resin that comes from the mastic tree in Greece. Very exotic! Both of these ingredients give the signature stretch. I wonder who decided to add those ingredients into a normal ice cream mix.
When you think of ice cream, you think of freezing cold temperatures. This is because most ice creams contain additives that allow them to be scooped at really cold temperatures but Booza is best served 20 degrees warmer than most ice creams. This is due to the product needing to be 'agitated' or stretched by hand before scooping. Every scoop you get is technically handmade with love! Maybe we should collaborate and make a Gookie Dough flavour?
What are your thoughts on stretchy ice cream? Let us know in the comments below!
Cookies can be a bit of a pain to make at times. You may find that your dough is too thick, too runny or the shapes aren't forming. Sometimes they come out of the oven anything but round and they don't look party-perfect after all. Well, here at Gookie, we're PROS when it comes to anything cookie related so here is how to get that perfect chocolate chip cookie every time (or you could just buy a tub here and not have to worry about the mixture).
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Use two kinds of chocolate chips
At least two, may we add. Having two types or two shapes of chocolate in a cookie will mean that the varied taste makes them more interesting and chocolatey. Sounds like common sense but you'll be surprised how many people don't.
Strategically place the chocolate chips
Sometimes putting loads of chocolate chips into the cookie dough can be great but the cookies end up looking as if they have nothing in them. Boring! Take a few chocolate chips from the mixture and intentionally place a few extra into the top. They'll look extra gooey and melty.
Beating the egg
It's essential to not over-beat your egg. The recipe states that for a reason. Just a little beating with the sugar and butter will be enough. Did you know that over-beating will make the cookie stiffer? Big no!
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If you're worried about the consistency of the dough, add a bit of extra flour, especially if you used melted butter. Sometimes the amount of flour in a recipe doesn't match the batch you are making. You know you've got it perfect when the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl slightly. It can be hard to tell when using an electric whisk so if the dough is stuck around the bowl and feels slightly wet, add a spoonful of flour. Keep adding until the dough becomes soft and try to touch and pulls into a dough ball at the centre when mixing.
All about butter
First up, use salted butter. Melt the butter but then bring it back to room temperature until it's almost a soft solid. Patience is key and it will make a difference to your mixture. The key to the tasty dough is good butter and correctly prepared ingredients.
How do you make a perfect batch of cookie dough? Let us know in the comments below. Don't really care? Gookie Dough is here to save the day. *Helpful tips from Pinch of Yum*
With the heatwave STILL making an appearance, we're making the most of eating as much ice cream as we possibly can. With Autumn fast approaching, it's essential to cram as much in. At least you can use the sun as an excuse. So, we're thinking of Gookie Dough which is topped with cookie dough ice cream and a magical whipped topping which is decorated in cookie crisp cereal, chocolate chips and chocolate syrups. Load it up, baby!
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You will need:
A monster tub of Gookie Dough (in a flavour of your choice but we prefer the original)
One container of cookie dough ice cream
One container of frozen whipped topping which has been thawed
Cookie crisp cereal
Miniature chocolate chips
Line a 9x13 tray with tin foil, leaving the edges hanging over so you're able to remove the bars easily. In a large bowl, pop your Gookie Dough in and let sit for around 15-20 minutes at room temperature so it is able to soften up, this will make it a lot easier to work with. Take your Gookie Dough and press it evenly along the bottom of the tray to create the first layer.
Place the tray in the freezer and take your ice cream and allow to soften at room temperature for around 5 minutes. This is so it scoops easily and everything will be a smoother process. Spoon large scoops of the ice cream over the cookie dough layer and smooth it out as much as possible so it becomes even.
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Take your whipped topping and with a spatula pop it over the ice cream and spread it until even. Place in the freezer until all the layers are completely set.
When ready to eat, remove from the tray using the tinfoil which is overlapping the tray and cut into the bars with a sharp knife. Top each bar with a handful of cookie crisp cereal, some chocolate chips and drizzle some chocolate syrup (or drown!). Serve straight away and put the remaining back into the freezer. It's important to only decorate the bars when just about to serve because if the cereal is left in the freezer it becomes soggy and isn't that great!
Truly loaded with cookie goodness. The Gookie Dough gives a gorgeous generous base and adding some creamy whipped topping is kind of a new cheesecake. Relive your childhood, we dare you. *Recipe adapted from Chelsea's Messy Apron*
Monday's come around way too fast. If you're stuck in the office with a fan in your face, trying to fight the humidity and you're getting lunch-time boredom then we have just the treat for you. Ditch the tedious ham sarnie and replace it with a sweet treat. That's right, cookie dough bread. Life is officially complete.
You will need:
2-5 oz of vanilla Greek yoghurt
One tablespoon of vanilla extract
190g of self-raising flour
230g of sour cream
170g of sugar
350g of mini chocolate chips (leaving a third for the topping)
(For the glaze)
125g of icing sugar
One tablespoon of vanilla extract
Splashes of milk until the desired consistency is reached
Gookie Dough to decorate
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Spay a loaf tray to grease and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. In a medium bowl, combine your flour, sugar, sour cream, yoghurt and vanilla extract along with the chocolate chips. Ensure that you then mix well.
Once thoroughly combined pour into your prepared pan. Place it on a baking tray to stop spills and bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
While your bread is baking, mix all of your glaze ingredients together gently until you have a consistency that you are happy with. Ensure that it is still pourable. If it is too thick then add more milk. If too runny add more icing sugar.
The bread is cooked when it looks golden and starts to pull away from the sides of the tin. Let it cool completely.
Flip the bread onto some parchment paper and pour the glaze over. Top with chocolate chips and sprinkle with a Gookie Dough flavour of your choice.
Forget the basic sandwich, a cookie dough loaf is just what the doctor ordered on a rainy Monday! *Recipe credit to ohbiteit.com*