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Choc Chip Cookies from Lorraine Pascale’s A Lighter Way to Bake – Giveaway #39

As the title suggests, Lorraine Pascale’s latest baking book, A Lighter Way to Bake,  is all about baking in a healthier way. It is not about cutting out the treats, but reducing the amount of fat, sugar and refined flour in the sort of bakes we are familiar with. As regular readers will know, I have been using wholemeal flour all my life, so I was particularly pleased to see a TV chef catching up with the idea. Although I have a sweet tooth, I bake at the lower end of the sugar scale. When it comes to fat, I am of the Weston A Price persuasion and don’t actually believe that good quality butter and eggs, where the livestock has free ranged on grass, is bad for you, quite the contrary – see my post on ingredients are the key. Eating too much of it, of course, may well be a problem.

This is one very dense book. Although it is more or less the same size as Lorraine’s Baking Made Easy and is also published by Harper Collins, it seems to weigh a lot more. It does have 286 pages, which is about fifty more than her previous title, but I don’t think that accounts for it all. I like this feeling of weightiness and solidity in a cookbook, it gives me a sense of security. It is packed full of recipes and pictures. There are a hundred recipes covering breakfast & brunch, bread, savoury bakes, puddings & desserts, cakes, cookies & traybakes, teatime treats, special occasions and pastry. Unusually, there is a picture for every bake covered, although not always on the same page. They all look very enticing and don’t have any of the annoying fading out shots, where you can only see part of the picture clearly. There is a particularly intriguing picture of a raspberry, vanilla & white chocolate cake with almond flowers that I am now keen to attempt. There are also a couple of superflous pictures of the author, which always seems a bit odd in a cookbook. It’s good to have one good picture for interest, but I don’t really see the point of any extras. It does appear to be a modern trend though and I suppose there aren’t that many of them.

Lorraine Pascale Giveaway

Rather strangely, the paper is very shiny, which can make it reflective when the lights are on and thus a bit difficult to read. The choice of print is also a bit odd, or rather the choice of colour. The print size isn’t that big and both the introduction to the recipe and ingredients are printed in a pale red colour: I found myself squinting on more than one occasion. Thankfully, the instructions are all in black. Red is a key theme that runs throughout the book and this colour is used on some pages and for most of the utensils.

The recipes all look good and I’d be happy to make or eat most of them. There are a few meat and fish recipes included, which I skipped over fairly fast, but the savoury section had an equal number of vegetarian recipes in it, eight of each, which I found very pleasing. I bookmarked the butternut squash naked bean burger with apple and mango chilli salsa as soon as I saw it. Being a bit of a squash fiend, I’m also rather keen to try the sweet potato, squash, apple and sage muffins from the breakfast section. Having watched all the breadstick action recently on the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, the oregano & thyme grissini caught my eye in the bread chapter and I’m looking forward to trying them out next time I have friends around for a meal.

Lorraine has gone for healthy, but has made an effort that this should not be at the expense of taste. Butter has not been cut out entirely, but is often substituted in total or in part by oil or yogurt. Ground almonds and wholemeal flour feature quite strongly and there is more emphasis on fresh fruit rather than dried. Many of the recipes use only egg white or have a ratio of more egg white to yolk to omit some calories; what, I wonder, do you then do with all the egg yolks? I can’t bear waste, but it rather defeats the object of not eating them in the first place if you then make a massive amount of curd or custard. Each recipe has a nutritional breakdown at the bottom of the page and gives a comparison to a more conventional recipe, although I have no idea which recipes those are. One of the almond blackberry and peach friands, for example, are 179 calories compared to 270, with 9.8g less fat, 5.5g less saturated fat, 4.4g less sugar, 0.1g more protein and 1g less salt.

There were plenty of chocolate recipes to choose from, which is most definitely a good sign. The chocolate Guinness and blackcurrant cake is a must as is the chocolate, chocolate torte. But first, I decided to try out the soft choc, choc chip cookies. The only change I made to these was to use rapeseed oil rather than olive oil and a slightly higher quantity of wholemeal flour as my duck eggs were quite large.

This is how I made:

Lorraine Pascale’s Choc Chip Cookies

  • Creamed 75g unsalted butter with 100g light muscovado sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Added 25g of extra virgin rapeseed oil and beat some more.
  • Beat in 2 duck eggs, one by one.
  • Sifted in 110g wholemeal flour, 100g white flour, a tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda and 25g cocoa powder.
  • Added 25g rolled oats and stirred until all incorporated.
  • Stirred in 50g milk chocolate chips.
  • Ran some cold water over my hands and rolled ping pong sized pieces into balls. The recipe said to divide into 12, but I made 16 large biscuits.
  • Placed on a lined baking sheet and pressed down to about 1 cm in depth.
  • Baked on the top shelf at 180°C for about 10 minutes.
  • Transferred to a wire rack and left to cool – apart from one which I just had to try!

The biscuits turned out beautifully and were quite large. They didn’t spread too much, but rose up quite considerably. Warm from the oven, they were crisp on the outside and soft and slightly chewy on the inside. When they cooled down, they were soft on the outside too. Lorraine describes them as half way between a biscuit and a cake and I think she has that spot on – a whoopie pie by any other name. They were just the right side of sweetness, not overly sugared allowing for the chocolate to shine resulting in a really flavoursome biscuit.

I was sent a copy of A Lighter Way to Bake to bake from with no requirement to write a favourable review. As always, all opinions are my own.


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  1. Tracey Peach

    2nd November 2013 at 10:06 am

    Biscuits because I often snack on them in between meals. Would like to find something with less calories

  2. Clare Wood

    2nd November 2013 at 10:07 am


  3. Rosemary Emery

    2nd November 2013 at 10:14 am

    Has to be Mayonnaise. I do love it. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    2nd November 2013 at 10:42 am


  5. Sarah Wyatt

    2nd November 2013 at 10:56 am

    Salt – since I have started feeding my baby solids I’ve been amazed how much salt there is in the foods we eat!

  6. frances hopkins

    2nd November 2013 at 10:59 am


    • Choclette

      2nd November 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Are you trying to cause me sleepless nights???

  7. Emma Walters

    2nd November 2013 at 11:05 am

    I’m a terrible chocoholic

  8. belinda

    2nd November 2013 at 11:23 am


  9. Alison Barker

    2nd November 2013 at 11:57 am

    Nothing , I eat everything in moderation.

  10. philiboy

    2nd November 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Biscuits – can’t resist them

  11. Jo Jones

    2nd November 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Biscuits as so easy to snack on


    2nd November 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Processed foods

  13. Anna Maria

    2nd November 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I believe you can have everything, in moderation.

  14. Kat Lucas

    2nd November 2013 at 12:34 pm


  15. lauren

    2nd November 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I really need to reduce the amount of sugar!

  16. Joan

    2nd November 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’d like to cut back more on sodium without loosing flavor

  17. michelle

    2nd November 2013 at 1:23 pm

    any processed foods … but some are nice

  18. Adele Hill

    2nd November 2013 at 3:00 pm


  19. Angie Schneider

    2nd November 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Those cookies look very tempting! I like they are made with duck eggs.


    2nd November 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I have a fairly good balanced diet but because I love to bake, there are a few too many sweet treats – this book would be ideal to keep having them without piling on the pounds!

  21. Gill

    2nd November 2013 at 4:06 pm


  22. Rachel Smith

    2nd November 2013 at 4:19 pm

    chocolate and crisps!

    • Choclette

      2nd November 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Not the chocolate surely???

  23. Jackie ONeill

    2nd November 2013 at 5:11 pm

    crisps, bane of my life!

  24. scott Holloway

    2nd November 2013 at 5:12 pm

    frozen processed food

  25. Kate@whatkatebaked

    2nd November 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This book had caugh my eye in the bookshop the other day- really in depth, extensive review, thank you Choclette! How are you getting on with the savoury recipes you bookmarked?

    • Choclette

      2nd November 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Kate – haven’t managed to make any of them yet. Trouble is, my bookmarked recipes could take up several volumes all by themselves. What did you think when you saw it?

  26. Happy Homebird

    2nd November 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Bread – I could literally eat 4 rounds of toast!

  27. Elaine Savage

    2nd November 2013 at 6:00 pm

    chocolate should go…

    • Choclette

      2nd November 2013 at 7:06 pm

      That is too shocking for words!!!

  28. Holly Smith

    2nd November 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Fatty foods

  29. Sarah

    2nd November 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Crisps and mayo 🙁

  30. Caroline

    2nd November 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I have a generally healthy diet but it wouldn’t do me any harm to refuse that last glass of wine at the weekend!

  31. Laura W

    2nd November 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Carbohydrates. I eat far too many carbs and end up bloated and uncomfortable. I just love ’em so much…

  32. Charlene F

    2nd November 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Carbohydrates, but I love them soooo much x

  33. D Lloyd

    2nd November 2013 at 9:39 pm


  34. Amy Lou

    2nd November 2013 at 10:19 pm


  35. smolaki

    2nd November 2013 at 11:27 pm


  36. Jan

    2nd November 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I should like to give up more carbs.

  37. Jo Szram-Bliss

    3rd November 2013 at 5:46 am


  38. Maya Russell

    3rd November 2013 at 6:05 am

    Crisps – I’m an addict.

  39. Jean

    3rd November 2013 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for a great review.
    I have looked at this book on the shelves many times and thought I just don’t need another baking book. Now I’m not so sure !!
    I absolutely agree about the gratuitous celebrity photos of the chefs in cook books these days, but I’m pleased to hear that all the recipes have photos, which is often a great help, especially in baking.

    The thing I would most like to be able to give up is cake.
    But it just isn’t going to happen !!

  40. snarepuss

    3rd November 2013 at 7:41 am


  41. Jenni

    3rd November 2013 at 7:55 am


  42. Cheryl Pasquier

    3rd November 2013 at 9:12 am

    Calories overall, so fat and sugar would be a great place to start

  43. Hotrod mum

    3rd November 2013 at 9:29 am


  44. vikkilhamer

    3rd November 2013 at 9:34 am

    biscuits and sweet stuff

  45. Lynn

    3rd November 2013 at 11:30 am

    sweets, I just love sweets but they are so high in calories and do me no good at all but i love sweets

  46. saurus

    3rd November 2013 at 11:43 am

    Microwave meals – workoing full time at times I live on them.

  47. GW78

    3rd November 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Well it should be chocolate but it’s so tasty :/

  48. Diane

    3rd November 2013 at 1:39 pm

    processed food, I really want to make more from scratch

  49. Aimee R

    3rd November 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Sugar. I mostly prefer eating savoury anyway but recently I’ve began baking a lot more and eating a lot more sweet things!

  50. kats love

    3rd November 2013 at 3:10 pm


  51. Tammy Tudor

    3rd November 2013 at 3:46 pm


  52. Trudi Walsh

    3rd November 2013 at 3:47 pm


  53. Gill Bland

    3rd November 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I eat a lot of sugar, but aI don’t eat enough *good* full fat stuff. I’m afraid I’m a sucker for the marketing

  54. Anonymous

    3rd November 2013 at 9:39 pm

    fat, sugar and salt

  55. mellysocks

    4th November 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I eat too much of everything but I should definitely cut down on salt as I have high blood pressure.

  56. Rebecca Phillips

    4th November 2013 at 9:46 pm

    crisps – they’re my weakness!

  57. Starry Eyed

    4th November 2013 at 10:36 pm

    That’s a nasty question. I wouldn’t like to cut back on anything. However, I should cut back on chocolate because I eat far too much lol

  58. Jo Glasspool

    5th November 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Bread, I can’t walk past fresh bread without buying a baguette or crusty baps, x

  59. Shazia Wahid

    5th November 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Love cookies and Lorraine Pascale recipes ..

  60. Shazia Wahid

    5th November 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Anything sweet – as I have a sweet tooth.

  61. Karen Painter

    6th November 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Cake, can’t resist a slice with my mid morning and mid afternoon cuppa!

  62. katherine wilcox

    6th November 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I would like to cut down on sugar and fat

  63. Louise Hart

    7th November 2013 at 1:03 am


  64. Anonymous

    7th November 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Chocolate! Amy Ripley

  65. Anonymous

    8th November 2013 at 10:29 am


  66. Katherine

    8th November 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’d love to cut back on refined sugar, at least in my tea, so I can still have it in my cakes 🙂

  67. Sarah Davies

    8th November 2013 at 12:55 pm


  68. Beky Austerberry

    8th November 2013 at 2:03 pm


  69. GeorgeBee

    8th November 2013 at 11:29 pm


  70. Julie

    9th November 2013 at 5:41 pm

    definitely biscuits, have to eat the full packet when I start!

  71. Sarah Mcknight

    9th November 2013 at 11:35 pm


  72. Angela Wilson

    10th November 2013 at 10:10 am

    I need to reduce ‘candy’ chocolate and eat more luxurious dark chocolate

  73. Linzi_Barrow

    10th November 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Chocolate, a toughy however

  74. maddogs

    11th November 2013 at 12:02 pm

    cheese, just can’t get enough of it!

  75. Joe Lorena

    13th November 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Cut back on carbs, cheese and everything sweet!

  76. Roz

    14th November 2013 at 11:06 pm

    unhealthy sweet stuff I have the worst sweet tooth ever

  77. Teresa thorne

    16th November 2013 at 9:57 pm


  78. Del Earp

    17th November 2013 at 5:51 pm


  79. Solange

    17th November 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Fizzy drinks and crisps

  80. Nataleew1

    17th November 2013 at 11:13 pm


  81. JaynesDen

    18th November 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Processed Food. I want to cook more from scratch in the New Year.

  82. Amy Jacobson

    18th November 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Chocolate biscuits – i eat too many

  83. Anonymous

    18th November 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Always looking for a new recipe and I just found several on your blog. I can’t wait to try them.

    I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

  84. angie mummy

    19th November 2013 at 9:59 pm

    sugar in general

  85. TehArhynn

    21st November 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I would like to cut back on the fats in my diet most. I like to think that overall I’m a fairly healthy eater, and the carbs and sugars that I take in are the right ones, but when I splurge it tends to be in the less than stellar “fats” column.

  86. Anonymous

    23rd November 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Sugar, managed it in tea but not everything else

  87. Lani Nash

    23rd November 2013 at 9:20 pm


  88. Emma Abdulaal

    24th November 2013 at 7:50 pm

    For me it has to be naughty snacks like biscuits and chocolate. Now I’m breastfeeding I seem to eat junk while feeding 🙁

  89. Fiona Mallard

    25th November 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Crisps, I tend to sit and eat multiple bags if they’re in the house. The only way around it is not to buy any at all.

  90. jodie harvey

    25th November 2013 at 8:41 pm

    id like to cut down on fatty food in general, although i am 37 weeks pregnant and plan to breastfeed so i do need some higher fat food but i dont think im a very healthy eater and would like to be 🙂

  91. Rachael Barratt

    26th November 2013 at 10:32 am

    Wine definitely!

  92. Hannah ONeill

    28th November 2013 at 10:26 am


  93. Farhana

    28th November 2013 at 10:06 pm


  94. weir shane

    28th November 2013 at 10:08 pm


  95. Robyn Logan Clarke

    29th November 2013 at 1:28 am

    Cakes and chocolates

  96. Dessallara

    29th November 2013 at 10:15 am

    Cakes ;s

  97. rugmaker

    29th November 2013 at 1:27 pm


  98. Kerry Kilmister

    29th November 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I would really like to cut down on Carbs as they make me so bloated.

  99. Carrie

    29th November 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Cheese! Except I don’t want to because it’s so delicious!

  100. Laura Simpson 'BookNomming'

    29th November 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Mmmm cookies

  101. Hannah Weetman

    29th November 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Fizzy juice. I drink far too much of the stuff when I’m at home! xx

  102. Dan Caldon

    29th November 2013 at 6:28 pm


  103. Beth Gurney

    29th November 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I need to cut back on salt, sugar, fat.. most things that are bad for you that somehow I eat everyday!

  104. Alison Clark Clark

    29th November 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Bread and butter is my down fall every time !

  105. Sarah

    29th November 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Convenience food, I miss my home cooked meals

  106. zebedee01

    29th November 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I most NEED to cut back on chocolate, but wouldn’t like to LOL!!!

  107. Amy Beckett

    30th November 2013 at 2:00 am

    Cake , Biscuits and Chocolates

  108. Lisa Sands

    30th November 2013 at 11:31 am

    Chinese Takeaway! But it’s so yummy! 🙂 xxx

  109. hunnycat

    30th November 2013 at 1:28 pm

    chocolate! its my downfall 🙁

  110. joanna_kow

    30th November 2013 at 3:41 pm

    burgers and chips

  111. Kieran J

    30th November 2013 at 4:31 pm


  112. Anonymous

    30th November 2013 at 8:13 pm

    chocolate because i eat far too much of it!

  113. Laura Murray

    30th November 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Bread, I’m such a carboholic!

  114. Sam Furniss

    30th November 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Sugar, I have such a sweet tooth

  115. R

    1st December 2013 at 1:41 am

    sugar – i cant stop once i start


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