Vergeoise and Chocolate Chip Giant Cookie

Ver-what? I realised that I hadn’t made a giant cookie in ages, so I made another one, a vergeoise version this time. A vergeoise giant cookie with chocolate chips.

I also hadn’t written a post in ages, which I can blame on working too much. I had quite a list of things I wanted to discuss here, so I might as well write about them all now. Hold on tight because this post might become a bit far stretched.

Let’s start in chronological order, with my new cake tin. Mr. H. got me this fancy Le Creuset cake tin with removable sides for Christmas. Isn’t it cool? Bonus points: the big orange button goes well with the colour linked to the name and design of my blog.

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Perhaps it’s a bit too late to talk about New Years resolutions. I had declared my resolutions in Instagram – how superficial does that sound, declarations through Instagram – that this year I wanted to be conscious, be brave and be better. I also made a joke about not making crazy resolutions about running 10km every morning before work, because it won’t happen. Also because I’m always resoluting (I think the word resoluting doesn’t really exist) to run more and I’ve always failed. But…

But during the first days of January I got some new running shoes. New year, new running shoes. I love them. They are perfectly adapted to my foot type, which tend towards a flat arch and pronation. As bizarre as it may sound but they are so light and make my steps land in a stable manner, that I don’t think about how I’m running with them on, I just run. Without having to bother about if my technique is right or not. More. Faster. Better.

Never say never. Finally I’ve made another resolution. No crazy running resolutions, I just want to reach a goal of being able to comfortably run 10km by the end of the year. As comfortably as uncomfortably can be when it comes to running that is. With my eternal too much work situation – which includes being away from home a lot – regularly running is hard to pull off. However, I’m happy to report that today I did about 9km, the last third of which was by bike. Yeah, I picked up a bike from the Barcelona public bike transport system and finished with that. Cheating I know, but better than nothing, and let’s not forget I still have 11 months more to reach that goal. I think I’m going to somehow try to get used to bringing my running gear with me when I need to go off on work trips. Are you a runner? Do you think that’s a do-able resolution?

David Bowie died. I usually don’t feel upset about celebrities. But this time it was David Bowie, one of my favourite artists. EVER. We had been listening to his new album, released just the Friday before, all that weekend. And then he was gone. For me he was a melodious genius. I’m sure nobody has ever made this crazy comparison, but to me his dynamics of melody were at times just as great as the classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz, so prodigious that it could even be diabolical. Thus on 10th January, I was borderline on teary all day long.

Back to a happier note, on 17th January my blog turned three years old! Three years of blogging. Congratulations to me. Some around me had predicted I wouldn’t pull this off for more than two months. See, never say never. Although my posts have been quite sparse lately, but I’m still going. Of course I’ve learnt a lot through these three years of blogging, things I never thought I would before I began blogging, such as better cooking, photography, fonts, CSS and html. I didn’t even know the existence of CSS or html before blogging. The best thing though, is the obvious fact that behind each blog there is a real person, along with their real life, talents and issues. The bestest (another word that doesn’t really exist) thing about blogging is that I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of my blogging buddies in person, plus a few others I still need to personally meet, and we are now fantastic friends. I’m so grateful to have met you, you all know who you are.

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Vergeoise and Chocolate Chip Giant Cookie Recipe

What exactly is this vergeoise thing? When you buy sugar in France, and you decide to go a bit more profound on what the labels on the packaging state, you realise that sugar can be quite an adventure. So many types and so many textures. I found a complete guide to French sugars here by David Lebovitz by the way, check it out. For this giant cookie I used a sugar called sucre vergeoise. It’s traditionally used in the North of France and Belgium, and often confused with another brown sugar called cassonade. Both are dark reddish brown and clumpy looking. The difference is that cassonade is a slightly refined cane sugar, while vergeoise is a refined beet sugar coated in a darker sugar syrup to make it darker.

Ingredients

100g butter
2/3 cup vergeoise
1 egg
1/4 cup crème fraîche
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips, sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Melt the butter. Add the vergeoise sugar and mix. Add the egg and whisk until thick. Add the crème fraîche and mix until smooth. Add the flour, a pinch of sea salt and the baking powder. Stir. Add the chocolate chips. Stir.

Butter a cake mould. Arrange all of the cookie dough inside. Sprinkle some sea salt on top.

Bake for 20 minutes. Then increase the temperature to 200°C and bake for another 3 minutes to make the top more golden.

 

38 Comments

  1. apuginthekitchen 2016-01-24 at 23:59

    Wow, Sofia, this is jam packed with all sorts of good stuff. First off, love your cookie tin with the orange handle, very cool indeed. I am in love with your big cookie!! Congratulations on the new running shoes and the fact that you are actually running, maybe it’s reverse psychology, no resolution to run actually prompted you to run or maybe it is the perfect shoes.
    I also was teary and very much effected by the death of David Bowie, I loved his music, his poetry, his immense talent and the fact that he was humbly and quietly larger than life. I will miss his presence on this earth, his muisc we will always have and I am happy for that. He was or is really a true genius.
    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. It’s amazing right, a real accomplishment, here’s to many more years.
    Have a great week.

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-25 at 00:15

      Suzanne you’ve said it so well about David Bowie, how his talent made him humbly and quietly larger than life.
      Maybe you’re right about the running, a no resolution was a good resolution. And I’m sure the shoes help!
      Thank you for your words, it’s so great that we have connected because of our blogs. Have a great week you too! xx

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  2. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2016-01-25 at 02:28

    Yes, yes, you covered a lot of ground on this blog. I am so happy to have you in my life, even though we STILL haven’t met in person! Although I DO know your mother, so it kinda counts, doesn’t it? Just kidding. You are a breath of fresh air and so positive and full of joie de vivre.

    For me, the death of Alan Rickman brought tears to my eyes. We had just watched the movie “Love, Actually” during the holidays, and so it was quite a shock. A bleak day in my house. But we will watch this fun movie many times (I think this was our 5th time!), so we’ll get to see him again!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my springform pans! I own 2…a 9-inch pan and a 10-inch pan. And since I bake lots of European tarts, I use them a lot!!!

    Happy baking, Sofia!

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  3. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2016-01-25 at 02:29

    I forgot to add that I also celebrated a 3-year anniversary myself. In February 2016 it will be 3 years since my gastric bypass…

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-25 at 09:57

      Ah yes I was also sad with Alan Rickmann. Love Actually is one of my favourite romantic movies (and I usually am not really into romantic movies, lol). Ah yes, also hoping to meet you 🙂 Thanks to my mum! So you own 2 springform pans too? Now I own 2 aswell. I’m glad I’m not the only one lol.
      Congratulations to your 3 years too. I know it was a very important step for you. Congratulations on being brave to do it, and enjoying everything about it now. xxx

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  4. Mabel Kwong 2016-01-25 at 03:35

    Giant cookie! Perfect treat for three years of blogging! Hope it tasted good and I’m guessing it didn’t last long 😀 I’m not much of a runner. I prefer walking at my own pace. But good on our for keeping healthy and I think a lot of us tend to forget to do that.

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-25 at 09:57

      Giant cookies never last long! 😀

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  5. Darya 2016-01-25 at 09:46

    Lovely post, Sofia, I always use vergeoise for brown sugar in my cookies, it yields the best cookies ever! We talked about the cake tin when we met, it looks very nice, and the colors definitely work with your blog! Good luck with running; I wish I could run like you do… I guess lack of proper shoes is a good excuse not to (hum). Just a quick note on vergeoise. In French, vergeoise is either “blonde” or “brune”, but in both cases it is a beet sugar, whereas cassonade is made from cane sugar. BUT in Belgian-French, cassonade is vergeoise… which is why people get confused a lot! A very close friend of mine is Belgian, and always brings me a bag of “cassonade” as a present, claiming it doesn’t exist in France!

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-25 at 09:53

      No wonder I get confused! Ok I know my vergeoise was the brun, but other than that some people were calling it cassonaude, and other were saying it’s the same thing. So I was like, so it’s the same or not the same? I do realise that the north of French is very Belgian with respects to food 🙂
      Oh yes, the cake tin is great, and VERY non sticky (even though I do coat it with butter before using it each time).
      By the way, welcome to Inst. now, lol. It’s fun! Does this mean you finally changed your phone? 😀

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      1. Darya 2016-01-25 at 21:54

        Absolutely! I got a super modern and sophisticated “smart” phone! Now I can walk around taking pictures of absolutely everything 😀

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  6. Ginger 2016-01-25 at 12:59

    No wonder I never got the hang of French … It looks delicious and I’ll have to give it a try someday soon! (Long before I will start running, I suppose …)

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-26 at 23:23

      When I buy sugar in France, it’s so complex that I sort of panic AFTER buying it thinking that oh what if I bought the wrong one and the texture is so wrong that whatever I plan to cook doesn’t turn out well. So I take it you don’t run?…

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  7. Lily @ChloeAsh 2016-01-25 at 14:55

    Happy 3 years of blogging, Sofia! How fast time flies!! My 5th year of blogging is only 3 months away. It’s crazy. I will pretend not to see your mouth watering giant cookie because I can’t eat it. About running though, I really don’t like it. I have flat feet, and I remember my episode of terrible shin splints when I was doing cross country running at Uni. I had to be driven home because midcourse, my shins started hurting so bad it felt like knives were splitting my legs open. I couldn’t even stand on them.
    Move on to years and YEARS later, like now (LOL!), I’ve been running on the treadmill to warm up and it’s really not that bad if I kept it short. 30 mins is good enough for steady cardio, and then I’d go lift. Someone asked me if I wanted to train for a half marathon, and the first thing that came to my mind was, Are you fucking crazy? *excuse my language* LOL! Then again, never say never. I did 10km of obstacle course and I didn’t die. So maybe I’ll start with 10km run first? Running is pretty hard on our joints though, especially the knees. Once I’ve rid of the excess weight on my body (lighter load on my knees!), I might just attempt it. Meanwhile, I’d love to read more about your updates! More posts like this please 😀

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-26 at 23:27

      Thank you so much Lily, hey and as you know you are partly responsible for me actually diving into beginning the blog 🙂 5 years for you soon! wow!
      Nah, I cannot imagine contemplating doing a half marathon, never ever. 10km would be enough for me. Maybe after 10km might get adventurous and want 12km. Hey yes, I love catching up on your fitness journey, maybe I should also post about mine here so we can inspire each other, as you’re definitely inspiring me! Do you listen to music on the treadmill? xx

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  8. Amanda | What's Cooking 2016-01-25 at 22:26

    Happy blogoversary (though I hate that word). Beautiful cookie and explanation of the sugar. Congrats on your sneaker purchase. I work out a lot and sneakers are either hit or miss with me. It’s tough. Running really does feel empowering when you get out and do it. Be well. I wish you a wonderful year.

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-26 at 23:27

      I hate that word too! LOL. Thank you 🙂 Do you run aswell Amanda?

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        1. Sofia 2016-01-27 at 08:42

          I’ll remember your words for when I don’t feel like running.

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        2. Sofia 2016-02-06 at 13:01

          Amanda I just wanted to let you know, now that I’ve been running a bit more regularly, yes it makes me feel stronger and more empowered! x

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  9. Johnny Hepburn 2016-01-25 at 22:28

    What a nice surprise to find one of your posts on my FB page.
    Ah, Bowie. The very first LP I bought was Young Americans. Actually, I bought it as I really liked the cover! Always pretentious – even then.
    Could feast on your giant cookie right now. Of course, I could start baking again. It’s been a while.

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-26 at 23:29

      Nice surprise to see you again 🙂 How are you doing? Yes,.. I admit I have my facebook page. (I have to manage 2 fb pages in my real work, so I look at fb as little as possible for my real life…) .
      What, have you not baked recently? I can’t believe it!

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  10. pianolearner 2016-01-26 at 14:38

    That cookie does look good. Thanks for the link to the sugars. A fascinating read. It is incredible how many sugars there are out there.

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    1. Sofia 2016-01-26 at 23:35

      Yes, I always panic that I might be buying the wrong type of sugar for whatever cake I want to make…

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  11. lazymomcooking 2016-01-26 at 17:15

    WOW!!! Looks so good!

    Please check and follow my blog (www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com) or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas

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  12. Mitzie Mee 2016-01-27 at 16:10

    Happy Blogaversary! Looking forward to many more year with great posts from your blog(s):) This fall a lot of really great artists have died, but to me, David Bowie was also something special. David Bowie and especially his old songs reminds me of my time in Sweden, when I was almost religious about him.
    I’ve always been a salt geek (the Danish Læsø Salt is the best!) but sugar is something I only recently gained an interest i. Right now my favorite for baking is Muscovado:)

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    1. Sofia 2016-02-01 at 23:50

      Aww thanks! Yes David Bowie was special. At least he’s left back all his great music for us to continue enjoying.
      I think I’ve seen that Danish salt, are the flakes really big? You’ve only likes sugar recently? Mon dieu! I’ve had a sweet tooth all my life xx

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  13. Dorcas 2016-01-28 at 06:12

    Hi Sofia! Happy three years! (I won’t say that disgusting “B” word out loud.) I too am looking forward to more of your posts. They always provide me with sunshine even on the grayest Pacific Northwest days, so keep writing and shooting those gorgeous pictures. I used to do distance running until I had a baby and suddenly didn’t want to anymore (I started rowing instead. I like sitting down for my workouts!). You can definitely keep it up while traveling. It is a great way to see places and things you might otherwise not even notice. Getting the right shoes make a huge difference, so you’re halfway there. About David Bowie, so sad over here too. The first album I ever bought was Hunky Dory. So genius. Finally, your cookie looks great and I will have to read David Liebovitz’s guide. Who knew there were so many? Happy New Year! Cheers!

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    1. Sofia 2016-02-01 at 23:53

      Thanks, you’re so kind! I don’t know why I repeat this so much (you must be sick of hearing me) but I’m so glad I found your blog too, your words always bring me warmth and happiness.
      Why did you stop running? I mean was it because you stopped and then didnt restart and just began rowing, or because of some issue that made you not be able to run again?
      Have a great week! xx

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  14. Life Diet Health 2016-01-28 at 23:34

    Hello Sofia. Congratulations on three years – I’ve just passed my first year so I guess I can call myself a food blogger now! Love the giant cookie – reminds me of my uni days when I used to make them for birthdays and yes, they never stayed around for long! What a lot of things you covered in this one post! Running…errr no I’ll leave that to you but I’m sure 10km is achievable in a year as before my knee operation I ran 3km with only a months training! 🙂 Looking forward to reading updates about your running progress! 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2016-02-01 at 23:56

      I’ve been visiting your blog and more than food blogger I guess we can call you overall food and nutrition expert! <3 Haha yes it's too easy to make a giant cookie disappear fast 😉 Why did you have to have a knee operation? I hope it wasn't related to the running! Are you fine now?

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      1. Life Diet Health 2016-02-02 at 00:40

        Aww thank you so much Sofia! 🙂 Always more to learn (& another Nutrition exam next week!)

        My knee operation (trochleoplasty) was to make my knee more stable due to wear & tear – more a design fault than anything to do with running! Not sure that it will ever be ‘fine’ and another op at some point is inevitable. Anyway – gives me more time to sit in the kitchen creating yummy & nutritious recipes! 🙂

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  15. Dalo 2013 2016-02-06 at 18:44

    I’m sitting here Saturday morning starving…and looking at this great masterpiece of a cookie you’ve created 🙂 YUM. And yes, eating such a cookie is a good incentive for me to go running to work it off later in the day. Hopefully you will be running a comfortable 10K by mid-year that you’ll have to supplement all your running with more great food to keep you moving. Back in Uni when I was part of a triathlon group we had a great saying “eat to ride, ride to eat” which was our motto that allowed us to eat anything we wanted with a smile.

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    1. Sofia 2016-02-08 at 13:13

      Triathlons must be very challenging – and yes require lots of eating 😀 ! It must have been fun to be part of a triathlon group though!

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      1. Dalo 2013 2016-02-08 at 20:26

        Triathlon groups do have great people, and once you get into a groove ~ it is quite peaceful.

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        1. Sofia 2016-02-08 at 20:31

          I suppose once you get into the groove you get very fit too!

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          1. Dalo 2013 2016-02-08 at 21:04

            That is a great side-effect of the enjoyment 🙂

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  16. Patty Nguyen 2016-02-15 at 05:21

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary, my friend!! Did you celebrate with your fancy sugar giant cookie?? Now that you’re running more, you should eat more cookies. Carbs are good for running. So I bet if you eat a few more of these cookies, you’ll go from 9k to 10k in two weeks flat. You should test out my theory to see if it holds true. 😉

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