So, it's the summer school holidays now (about a week and a day ago)
and Elsa is at home practically stuck to her computer.
In an effort to drag her away from her laptop and back to the real world,
I felt a baking session would do her good - in order to teach her the essential baking skills
that she kinda lacks at the moment.
Not that it's her fault - she never had a lot of practice.
With a super-controlling easily-freaked-out mom, no one is allowed to be in the kitchen
without the mom lurking in the corners.
She found this recipe whilst foraging in the net
and decided to give this a go.
As it turned out, this recipe produced quite a lot of pies...
which was a good thing as she was able to share them
with her friends during a Movie Night.
recipe taken from Bakerella
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 oz butter, room temperature
4 oz vegetable shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 170C.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, sift together, flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, beat butter, shortening and sugar with a mixer for about 3 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla.
Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk and mix well. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and mix until combined.
Using a tablespoon, drop batter on baking sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes each or until pies spring back when pressed gently.
Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.