in the Castro District, SF
(between 17th St & Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Thanks 7×7.com for publishing this recipe, generously shared by Jake Godby, the mastermind behind San Francisco’s favorite bad boy ice cream shop, Humphry Slocombe. These cookies are always conveniently located by the register, and we curse them for that. At 75 cents they’re pretty hard to pass up while you’re holding that ice cream cone and settling-up your bill, and together with that ice cream cone send a torpedo right through the heart of your diet plan for the week. (And we mean that with love.)
As for the recipe, we tried it out here in the MUS•e•YUM test kitchen to fabulous results. It’s a triumph! (. . . and due in no small part to the copious amounts of vanilla. And butter. Purrrr!!!) Do yourself a favor and use the best chocolate you can find. (We used Dagoba.)
Here’s the recipe, originally published on the 7×7.com website by Lauren Ladoceour (December 13, 2010):
Secret Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies from Humphry Slocombe
Makes 30 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cup (14 ounces) packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups (13 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces Guittard 72% cacao chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
1. Cream the butter and sugar until just barely combined. Add the eggs one at a time along with the vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet a little at a time, being careful not to over work the dough. Stir in the chocolate, and chill the dough, preferably overnight.
3. Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees, until golden brown around the edges, 10-12 minutes.
My first weekend back in San Francisco has been gorgeous, an unseasonably warm weekend with lots and lots of sun.
After ten days back east I was itchin’ to get back on my scooter and take a long ride. As per usual, I didn’t have much more of a plan, other than to find some coffee, snap some photos, hit a bakery and the Heart of the City Farmer’s Market on the way home.
My ride just happened to include a stretch of Octavia, and I’m glad it did. Driving the block between Grove and Birch, and I couldn’t help but spot a huge cartoon frog painted on wall of a business. I took note but kept going, but at Grove Street I decided to turn around and take a closer look, on foot.
I discovered that the space next to the cartoon is called Seesaw and a quick inspection of the board outside indicated they served Four Barrel Coffee and light bites- Score… what a great find! A friendly voice said “come on inside” and I was greeted by the owner, Sabrina, a lovely woman who gave me the lowdown on the cafe. Relatively new, it’s a coffee shop that also has toys, books and a (separate and supervised) playspace for kids, making it perfect for parents in need of an oasis. And grown-up kids, like me!
I walked in and was blown away by the design. This is a beautiful cafe, clean and minimal in aesthetic, with clearly delineated areas for children, interesting toys and art objects on floating shelves (some of which are for sale), tables of various height, and a gorgeous playroom off to the side. (Parents take note, you can enjoy your coffee while the kids play in the supervised playroom, staffed with a ‘sitter’. ) That playroom by the way is separated from the dining area with a gorgeous fir rolling barn door, custom-made, which deserves a close look in and of itself. Beautiful. It was no surprise to learn the owners took inspiration both from Asian and Scandinavian design, representative of their combined heritage, and it’s a perfect expression in white and natural wood. The light is amazing here and the space is quite airy. And how fun, they have a calendar of events that include children’s book readings in Danish, and Korean!
The food menu is still being devised but will reflect both the Asian and Scandinavian influences. Yum. In the meantime, get your fill of the Four Barrel, hand-brewed a cup at a time, and load up on cookies from my FAVORITE place, Goody Goodie. (I was pleased to learn the owners are friends, Remi of Goody Goodie is a total star;-) And, they serve cookies by Batter Bakery, too, home of the amazing sand angel cookie and the one I sampled today, a salted lavender shortbread cookie, which was divine paired with the coffee: perfumy, not too sweet, and just salty enough. Everything is served by an equally awesome barista, who also lights up the room.
Now, disclosure, I don’t have kids. That said, this space is one of the most pleasing, and creatively inspiring, I’ve encountered- a third space to sit, relax and enjoy a coffee. If you want a little break from working at home, this is a great spot. While the facilities for children are there, clean and well-stocked, the space is delineated in a way as to allow the kids to play in a separate, supervised area while adults can relax and enjoy their coffee, and free wi-fi.
Personally, I love art and children’s’ books so being surrounded by that inspiration, as well as the shear beauty of the interior design, is an added bonus.
Seesaw “We’re a one-of-a-kind café, play studio and shop inspiring curiosity, creativity, and connection.”600A Octavia St
(between Grove St & Birch St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
November 14, 2010 | Categories: bakery reviews, coffee reviews, Food, food reviews, lunch spot reviews, scooter | Tags: Batter Bakery, cafe, chocolate chip cookies, coffee shop, four barrel coffee, Goody goodie, goody goodie cream & sugar, Hayes Valley, octavia, see saw, seesaw, third space | 1 Comment
Can there be any doubt why SFWeekly chose Goody Goodie Cream & Sugar as the best Chocolate Chip cookie? Check out this photo:
September 30, 2010 | Categories: bakery reviews, dessert landscapes, Food, food news, food reviews, food snapshots | Tags: Best Bakery, best cookie, chocolate chip cookies, Food, food news, food photography, Food Review, goody goodie cream & sugar, San Francisco | 2 Comments
Congratulations to Goody Goodie for taking first place, and Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous and Pinkies for rounding out the top three!
You’re all tied for #1 in my book. Each one is a decadent gem.
Check out my reviews of each:
September 29, 2010 | Categories: bakery reviews, Food, food news, food reviews, Life in San Francisco, local businesses I love, tips, What to See in San Francisco | Tags: bakery, best, chocolate chip cookies, Food, food reviews, Goody goodie, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, pinkies | 1 Comment