Good morning, how are you today. Hello from a sunny bright day here in Jakarta. It still rains a lot lately, but today is a great day, sunshine and blue skies. Wait till the afternoon and see if it keeps this way, shall we?
Miss D visited an orphanage a few weeks ago with a student group in her school. She came back all hot but really moved. The kids in the orphanage were really little, starting from under 1 year old and up to school aged. Miss D and her friends brought fresh fruit and homemade food with them. They read stories and played games.We will post some photos soon, stay tuned.
It was a fun time, fun but really hot. Because it is over 30 degrees and there is no aircon. For the later, it is not because the orphans were badly treated, it is simply because the locals are used to hot weather and they don’t need air cons. (check out the 5 peculiar things in Jakarta here and you would know). But for Miss D and her friends, it’s really hard when it’s hot.
‘The kids don’t get to eat fresh fruit often,’ Miss D said. She felt sorry for the kids and want to go back soon and bring them more food, homemade ones if possible. So this summer, other than traveling, Miss D will learn some cooking skills and baking skills. Stay tuned.
To get a head start, how about some yummy and simple cookie recipes? Today, we are having sugar cookies:
Basic sugar cookie recipe
3 1/4 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
300g butter, softened
1 pinch of salt
50-100g dried cranberries
For the decoration (optional)
Combine the flour and sugar and mix with the butter until creamy and crumbly. Add the eggs and mix until you have a smooth ball of dough. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Add one of the two pieces of dough with dried cranberries. Wrap each of the doughs in plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, roll the dough on a floured board to a thickness of 1/2 cm.
Cut the dough with a cookie cutter ( rectangular, round and doughnut shaped are all great)
Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 160 ° C until golden brown (about 15 minutes).
Eat plain or decorate with your favorite chocolate chips, sprinkles etc and enjoy.