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Practicing hospitality has been difficult lately. We’ve passed the year mark of living in the realities of a global pandemic. We can’t invite people into our homes and sit down around the table together. So, we have to get creative.
I have so admired restaurants that have adapted and implemented innovative ideas on how to safely feed people this past year. It has inspired me to do the same. I’m a believer that you can bring a spirit of hospitality with you wherever you go. We can learn to embody hospitality and I think our children often lead the way.
Children Cross Social Barriers
Children effortlessly cross social barriers! You meet more neighbours than you ever thought possible when you have your children in tow. As we walk through the neighbourhood, my son (4 years old) will shout out to passersby, “What do you feed your dog?” (lol what?) or “What are you doing today?” My two-year-old will flash a smile as he squeaks out a cheerful “hello!”
One particular house that we pass by every day on our walks has such a quirky and intriguing garden.
My eldest son always hops out of the stroller to take a closer look. In the front garden, realistic and adorable bunny figurines peek out from beneath the flowers. Poles topped with bright red birds with wings that spin like windmills stick out of the ground. Loads of colourful flowers and interesting statues, stones and figures catch a small boy’s attention. One day the owner of the house saw my son lingering in her front garden and she came outside to chat with us.
Sylvia has a delightful English accent which reminds my son of the Beatrix Potter stories he listens to on audiobook. Together they wander around her garden as my son asks a million questions. I know Sylvia really loves visits from us. One day, while we were walking past her front window she came running out and said, “I was on the phone with my daughter but when I saw you I told her I’d have to call her back”.
My son has even been bold enough to go up and knock on her door when she doesn’t come out to visit right away. I probably wouldn’t have met Sylvia if it wasn’t for my children. This new relationship with our neighbour is the perfect way to extend some hospitality outside of our home. We’re planning to bring Sylvia a tin full of these delicious Spelt Chocolate Chunk cookies. I hope Sylvia enjoys the cookies but I know for sure she’s going to appreciate the cute little faces that drop them off.
Why is spelt better for you?
Spelt is an ancient grain that hasn’t undergone the level of hybridization of modern wheat. Spelt has higher amounts of protein and fibre and provides significant amounts of important nutrients like manganese, niacin, copper and phosphorus. Some people who struggle to digest common wheat find spelt to be highly digestible. One reason for that could be that the gluten in spelt is water-soluble whereas the gluten in common wheat is not.
Is spelt flour gluten free?
No, spelt is not a gluten-free flour. It is not suitable for individuals with Celiac disease. It may be tolerated by individuals with mild gluten intolerance because it contains less gluten than modern wheat. Spelt is considered to be easier to digest than modern wheat for most people.
Coconut sugar vs. white sugar
Coconut sugar is rich in nutrients such as B vitamins, iron and zinc whereas refined white sugar is stripped of nutrients. Keep in mind, although coconut sugar is a superior choice, it is still sugar and should be used in moderation.
How to Make Spelt Chocolate Chunk Cookies
In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients. Spelt flour, baking soda and sea salt. Mix well.
Gently melt butter in a saucepan on the stove.
Combine the melted butter and coconut sugar in a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
Add one egg and two egg yolks one at a time and whisk until well combined.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Roughly chop the semi-sweet chocolate.
Set aside a small amount for topping the cookies before baking.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
Stir in roughly chopped semi-sweet chocolate, except for the amount you reserved for topping the cookies.
Cover your bowl and chill the dough in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll cookie dough balls into 2-tbsp size portions. You can fit 6 cookies to a sheet as they will spread as they bake.
Top each cookie dough ball with a few pieces of reserved chopped chocolate.
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
Tap baking sheets lightly when the cookies come out of the oven to deflate the cookies slightly.
Sprinkle with flaky salt.
Let cool and enjoy! (Makes 12-14 cookies)
Spelt Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe
Spelt Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 & 1/2 cups spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 oz semi-sweet baker's chocolate
- Sprinkle of flaky sea salt after baking
- In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
- Gently melt butter in a saucepan on the stove.
- Combine the melted butter and coconut sugar in a medium sized bowl and whisk together.
- Add one egg and two egg yolks one at a time and whisk until well combined.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Roughly chop the semi-sweet chocolate.
- Set aside a small amount for topping the cookies before baking.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Stir in roughly chopped semi-sweet chocolate, except the amount you reserved for topping the cookies.
- Cover your bowl and chill the dough in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll cookie dough balls into 2-tbsp size portions. You can fit 6 cookies to a sheet as they will spread as they bake.
- Top each cookie dough ball with a few pieces of reserved chopped chocolate.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
- Tap baking sheets lightly when the cookies come out of the oven to deflate them slightly.
- Sprinkle with flaky salt.
- Let cool and enjoy! (Makes 12-14 cookies)
If you make these Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies please leave a comment and give this recipe a rating! I aim to respond to every single comment. I am so grateful when you trust me and try one of my recipe creations in your own kitchen. I love to hear how it went! Let’s connect on Instagram and tag me in your food pics!
‘Til next time,