It’s 1 April and today I will start with my first recipe! I thought we begin with something that is easy to do and that I think everybody likes: Chocolate Chip Cookies! I found the recipe on the internet but I only make half a recipe. For the original recipe look here !
200 g butter or margarine
100 g sugar
100 g brown sugar
1 packet vanilla essence
220 g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
200 g chocolate coating (full-cream milk)
Firstly, you put the margarine or warm butter together with the sugar into a mixing bowl and stir it with a mixer. Add the vanilla essence and the egg and stir it in. Then add the flour, baking powder and salt. Now cut up the block of chocolate, but not too small. Stir again. If the dough is too dry you can add a bit of milk. Now you can form walnut-sized balls and put them on a baking tray with baking parchment. Put them in the oven (oven with upper and bottom heat: ca 170°C and ca 15 minutes, fan-assisted oven: ca 150 °C and ca 10 minutes). Keep sight of the cookies in the oven so that they do not get too dark. Depending on your oven the baking time varies.
200 g Butter oder Margarine
100 g Zucker
100 g brauner Zucker
1 Päckchen Vanilleextrakt
220 g Mehl
1 TL Backpulver
1/4 TL Salz
200 g Vollmichkuvertüre
Zuerst gebe die Margarine oder warme Butter zusammen mit dem Zucker in eine Rührschüssel und verrühre die Zutaten mit dem Mixer. Nun gebe den Vanilleextrakt und das Ei dazu und rühre. Jetzt kommt das Mehl, Backpulver und Salz hinzu. Zerkleinere die Schokolade. Es ist nicht schlimm wenn größere Stücke dabei sind. Nun verrühre alles. Sollte der Teig etwas zu trocken sein, kann noch etwas Milch hinzugefügt werden. Jetzt können aus dem Teig etwa walnussgroße Kugeln geformt werden und auf ein mit Backpapier belegtes Backblech gelegt werden. Dann ist das Blech bereit für den Ofen (Ober- und Unterhitze: ca. 170°C und ca. 15 Minuten, Umluftherd: ca. 150°C und ca. 10 Minuten). Behalte die Kekse gut im Auge, damit sie nicht zu dunkel werden. Je nachdem welchen Ofen du hast, variiert die Backzeit!
Because today is April Fool’s Day I just realized that I have no idea where this holiday originates. After some research I found a few theories. The most popular theory is that of the changed calendar. They changed the beginning of the year from April or end of March to January, as we know it today. When people forgot that New Year’s Day was not on 1 April anymore, or insisted on celebrating it in April, they were mocked by their friends and family. Another theory says that April Fool’s Day originates in early European spring festivals in which pranks and dressing up were common. I learned something today! Great! 😉 If you want to read more on the history of April Fool’s Day look here!
During my research I found some really funny April Fool’s Day pranks. These are my top 3:
No. 1: I really enjoyed the 1957 BBC prank. They broadcasted a feature about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland and even showed women who were picking spaghettis from a tree. Some viewers fell for the prank and wrote to the BBC asking where they could buy their own spaghetti tree! 😀
No. 2: In 1962 the only TV channel in Sweden, which broadcasted in black and white, reported that they had found a way for everyone to watch television in colour. All the viewers at home had to do was to pull a nylon stocking over their TV 😀
No. 3: 1982 the Daily Mail reported that a local bra manufacturer had sold 10,000s of bras that would interfere with radio and television broadcasting. They claimed it was made out of copper that was originally used for fire alarms and when it came into contact with nylon and body heat it would send an electric signal that interfered with the reception. When the British telecom chief engineer heard about the problem he had checked whether his female laboratory employees were wearing this bra 😉
For more hoaxes look here!
Well, I hope you do not fall for any hoaxes today or at least play some pranks yourself! Enjoy the cookies!