Cookies Take a Dip in the Milky Way
Sure, space is great, but have you ever tasted a freshly baked cookie?
Cookies in Outer space
Astronauts at the International Space Station got some awesome news this past weekend—for the first time ever, they're getting an oven...in space. Also on board is some cookie dough from DoubleTree by Hilton. The hotel chain is famous for their warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in, and now those cookies will be even more famous as the "first food baked fresh in outer space."
Baking in Zero Gravity
The oven that's currently on its way to the space station had to be specially formatted and calibrated to function correctly in zero gravity. Previously, most food has had to go through a special dehydrating process due to long missions and changes in atmosphere, and fresh foods are few and far between—though nutritional value is always prioritized.
Testing the oven's functionality in space could open up so many doors in terms of not only the astronauts' diets, but also for space engineering and understanding how to survive in space for longer periods of time.
As for the cookies, there may be a difference in texture or appearance compared to here on Earth, but we can't wait to see how they turn out!
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Chef Tips and Tricks
These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are easy to make and super delicious!
- 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
- 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
- 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup / 150g of flour
- 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
- Salted caramel
- Melted dark chocolate
In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.
Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.
Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.
Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.
Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.