Tuesday, September 30, 2008
the perfect cookie
A few months ago a read about a New York Times article on a few different blogs. The article was about the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I bookmarked the article and printed out a copy of the recipe. That was as far as I got.
Since then I have made chocolate chip cookies many, many times, but never the perfect chocolate chip cookie. While my sister-in-law was here this weekend we were going through my cook books and I pulled out the Times recipe and gave it to her.
It inspired me. Yesterday afternoon I made a batch of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. It is still in the fridge cooling. We can bake our first batch this afternoon. I am going to make my cookies smaller, and therefore will have a shorter bake time.
I will report back.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from The New York Times, David Leite, and Jacques Torres
2 cups minus 2 Tbsp. (8 ½ oz.) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 ½ oz.) bread flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. coarse salt, such as kosher
2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups; 10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks, preferably about 60% cacao content
Sift together flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until very light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low; then add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips, and mix briefly to incorporate. Press plastic wrap against the dough, and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. The dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the bowl of dough from the refrigerator, and allow it to soften slightly. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
Using a standard-size ice cream scoop – mine holds about 3 fluid ounces, or about 1/3 cup – scoop six mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, making sure to space them evenly. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies onto the rack to cool a bit more.
Repeat with remaining dough.