Medibles – The Edible Medal

We were invited to a friends today to celebrate their sons first birthday.  I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to buying birthday presents, especially for one year olds.  What could a one year old possibly want? Mine would have been happy with a selection of kitchen utensils and some boxes, especially if they’re the size  they could sit in.  So I thought it over, what would he want, hhmmm? I’ve got it, a Medible!

We once recieved edible medals when we played unicycle hockey over in Darmstadt.  It was quite possibly the best award i’ve ever had and exactly what I needed after a weekend of sleeping in a gym and touring the local micro-breweries and attempting to play hockey.

We are quite keen on cakes and biscuits in our house as there is rarely a day goes by when the shelves are bare of these things.  So what better than a great big chewy chocolate chip cookie that you could wear proudly round your neck before devouring it, or in a one year olds case, smearing it over your face.

It was based on a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe from his book The River Cottage Family Cookbook (I love this book). The recipe is as follows

To make about 12 large cookies:

Good dark chocolate, 100g

Unsalted butter, 125g

Granulated sugar, 100g

Soft brown sugar, 75g

Free-range egg, 1

Vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons

Plain flour, 150g

Baking powder, half a teaspoon

A pinch of salt

1.  Preheat oven to 190C.  Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.  Chop the chocolate into little chunks.

2. Heat butter gently in a small pan until just melted.  Put the two sugars into a mixing bowl and pour over the melted butter and beat.

3. Break the egg into the bowl and add the vanilla.  Beat until well blended.

4. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixing bowl, stir them in, then add the chocolate and stir again.

5. Dot heaped pudding spoonfuls onto the lined trays, leaving plenty of space between each one.

6.  Put into the oven for 8-10mins until they are just turning golden brown.

7. Leave on the tray for a couple of mins then transfer to a cooling rack.

When they had cooled I made a load of coloured icing and tried my best to write the birthday boys name.  I’m really not very good at making things look pretty, something i need to practice.

Anyway, I hope they enjoyed them!