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Whole grain chocolate chips cookies

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Why cookies? You probably mean, why not?
Cookies to me are a way to pamper myself and people I love in a simple, obviously sweet, preferably healthy and chocolate-y way.
Tonight I’m attending a dinner at friends’ and I wanted to bake something to show one of my best and oldest friend, how much it’s precious and valuable the time we spend together. After losing one of my girls a couple of years ago, I feel I have to let people I love Know hiw much they mean to me. Baking is definitely a way to express all this affection.
So I looked through the recipes I had saved in Pinterest.
This is it.
I doubled the amount and got these cookies.
Crumbly but still soft in the center, sweet but not too much. With a hint of chocolate that doesn’t cover up the other flavors.
My parents were my Guinea pigs and loved them. Out of the oven ๐Ÿ˜‹
I love how you can taste the three different flours (I actually didn’t blend the rolled oats) in a perfect mix.
Here they are


Whole grain homemade Bread

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Breakfast is my favourite meal. Waking up quite early every morning, the idea of having a good, tasty breakfast cheers me up a lot and makes me get up quickly from the best bed ever (I have tried many mattresses around the world but they can’t compare to mine). That reminds me how I love to sleep.. my girls always make fun of me ’cause I can sleep for more than 10 hours per night and still be drowsy. I call myself lucky. There’s nothing a good night of sleep can solve or at least relieve.

Lets’ get back to the breakfast joy. My idea of a perfect morning meal consists of bread & jam, greek yougurt and chocolate chip cookies.
Since I try to bake and, generally speaking, cook or make everything at home with natural or basic ingredients, homemade bread is a must.
It may seem difficult to bake fresh bread at home but believe me, it’s not. It’s super easy and it does not take long. Plus it is such a huge satisfaction to be able to create something with your own hands, that tastes good and is healthy (I mean, have you ever checked the ingredients of industrial bread? I don’t know half of them and they sound quite hideous to me).

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This bread has less than 5 ingredients:

– flour: 300 gr white 00 + 300 gr whole grain
– salt: 12 grams
– lukewarm water
– a block of compressed fresh yeast: 25 gr (basically, thisย one)

Just dissolve the fresh yeast in a glass of lukewarm water, mixing with a fork.
In a capacious bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add the water with yeast to the flour mix and start kneading. You will need more water (2/3 glasses altogether). Add it little by little and keep kneading, until you get a ball.
Put a damp towel on the bowl containing the dough and let it rest for 2 hours somewhere warm.
The dough will double in size and get sticky.
At this point I usually split the dough in 3 or 4 smaller ones and let it rest for an addition hour and a half, then bake the rolls at 225ยฐC for 30 minutes.

Homemade bread Homemade bread Homemade bread I have recently learned there is one and one way only to know if your bread is properly cooked: turn it upside down and hit it the very bottom; a muffled sound should be the result. I tried this yesterday, when took it out of the oven and it worked: I tore the bread in pieces and it was perfect! Take a look! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚Homemade bread Homemade breadYou can start from this easy, basic recipe and add walnuts, olive oil, sugar and raisins or whatever you prefer!

Love, love, love baking bread!
The house smells great and I feel at my best when succeeding in baking things the way I want them.