One of the biggest frustrations for me as a cook/foodie in France is all the work that goes into converting, adapting, finding ingredients, and then having to figure out how to make my American recipe anyway with what I can find in France. After 15+ years in France, I've got a good handle on it all.
I call it darwinism for recipes...
Here, my chérs readers (if there are actually any besides my friend L in NJ and my parents...), is my first public and published darwinized American recipe. I am proud to share the article I wrote for My American Market on my blog. The article originally appeared here. So with no further ado, my first published darwinized recipe...
"My mother used to make these amazing teddy bear breads that she would give to my teachers for the holidays. But now that I’m a parent, I’m amazed that she found the time, patience and energy to bake bread, any kind of bread, for my teachers.
- 1 3/4 cup (270g) all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon (3g) salt
- 9 oz (250g) chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup (150g) packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (95g) granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar
- 1 ½ cup (160g) butter
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup oatmeal
To make the cookie mix in a jar, layer the ingredients in the following order. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the layers out as much as possible before adding a new one.
- flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla sugar and cinnamon mixed well
- chocolate chips (or equal amount of chocolate pieces)
- brown sugar
- white sugar