No. However, it didn’t stop me from trying.
My curiosity gets the best of me sometimes. A crazy idea pops into my head. Curiosity, like a little fiend on my shoulder, whispers “Don’t you wonder what will happen if you do that?”
This is my blog of thrill seeking – cooking without an oven. I’m curious to see where this adventure will lead; what questions will arise. How else can one cook? Can we live without modern conveniences, or are we chained to them? If we deprive ourselves of them, what lessons will we learn? What will we learn about ourselves?
Can we fry chocolate chip cookies?
On one hand, the answer seems too imponderable. On the other hand, why not? They will either turn to burnt, molten mush or become a new tradition. After all, that’s how chocolate chip cookies were developed. Ruth Graves Wakefield forgot to mix baking chocolate into her cookie batter. Spying some semi-sweet chocolate, she pondered “I wonder what would happen if I chop up the chocolate and stir it into the cookie dough?” She thought the chocolate would melt into the cookie dough, thereby saving the batch. It didn’t turn out the way she wanted. It turned out better. So much better, in fact, chocolate chip cookies are now America’s favorite cookies. (I could give you the recipe, but there’s none better than the original. Just follow the link.)
So, not having an oven, yet craving warm cookies, I wondered if they would cook up in an iron skillet. Save yourself the effort of experimenting. The cookies melt and burn before they get done.
No, chocolate chip cookies cannot be fried, but there is a lesson in the experiment. It’s a lesson I hope my niece learns from my example. Don’t be afraid to try. Sometimes the things we think are the sweetest turn bitter and burnt. Learn from these experiences and try again. Sooner or later, something miraculous will occur. This is the lesson I want to teach Alexandra.
Maybe this time, I’m the one who needs the lesson.