Chewy wookie choc chip cookie

Chewy wookie choc chip cookie

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Billy Law

Why settle on a small cookie, when you can have a massive one? If you like your cookie soft and chewy, then this cookie baked in a skillet might be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s almost like baking a cake, but the heavy cast-iron pan, which conducts the heat effectively, gives the cookie a nice chewy shell. It’s a great party dessert to share with friends: simply place the pan in the middle of the table and let everyone cut off a wedge, as small or large as they want. It is seriously to die for (not literally, of course).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
75g plain flour
pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
100g unsalted butter
3 eggs
110g dark brown sugar
110g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
85g dark chocolate chips
100g pecans, toasted
15g dried barberries, (see note)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 25 cm enamel cast-iron skillet pan and set aside. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water over low heat. Do not let the water touch the base of the bowl. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted, then remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Put the eggs, brown sugar, caster sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and creamy. Reduce the speed to medium–low, then pour the melted chocolate and then the flour into the mixture and whisk until just combined. Turn the mixer off, and add the chocolate chips, pecans and barberries. Use a spatula to fold them into the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the greased skillet, then bake in the oven for 35–40 minutes. The cookie should be crusty on the edges, and the centre should be just set but still a little gooey inside. Remove from the oven and let it rest in the skillet to finish cooking and cool down completely. Serve the cookie straight from the pan with clotted cream or ice cream.

Note

  • Barberries are small red berries with a very sharp, sour flavour and are often used in Middle Eastern cooking. Look for them in fine food stores. If unavailable, use dried cranberries, cherries or redcurrants.
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