Yesterday, Deb at Paper Turtle posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies, illustrated by some great photos. They look yum, thinks me, I’ll have a go at making some tomorrow during DS’s nap time. But then I realise that, naturally, all the measurements are American, because Deb is American, and that I don’t actually know what shortening is.
But, fear not, a quick rummage through a kitchen drawer reveals a set of American measuring cups, bought late last year when I imagined myself becoming something of a Domestic Goddess a la Julia Childs (that Meryl Streep has a lot to answer for …). And my supermarket’s website tells me that they have Crisco’s shortening in stock.
So, all in all, I think I made the 1st batch of cookies balls too big, and probably put too many on the tray. The 2nd and 3rd batches were much better; it’s all trial and error when trying out a new recipe, isn’t it?
If anyone could point me in the direction of a website that converts American measurements to UK pounds and ounces in a clear and concise way, that’d be great. Oh, and shortening looks a lot like lard …