Desserts


This week I have two cookies for you.  For some reason the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays just snuck up on me.  April 4th I remembered it was DC day about 10:00 – right before bed.  That’s okay, I’ll make them for NEXT time.  So I did.  Then this week, This morning I remembered it was DC day again.  I don’t know where my head is these days.  BUT I got the cookies made today and now I have TWO cookies for you.

First up:                                              Lemon Sugar Cookies

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These were so full of lemon flavor:  1/4 cup of lemon juice + the zest from the lemon. They were so sweet/tart that they didn’t last long.  Two sticks of butter made them lovely and light and rich.  Definite keepers!

These are part of Dorie’s Cookie’s and Kindness for April so the recipe is on Everyday Dorie.

Nest up:                                                 Anzac Biscuits

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In the states when we say biscuit we mean a fluffy white treat served with butter and jam or honey.  They are an addition to dinner.  But in the ‘colonies’ of Great Britain the word biscuit refers to a cookie.  In this case a cookie from Australia and New Zealand full of oatmeal and coconut.  In fact, the word ANZAC means Australia and New Zealand Army Corps which appeared in WWI.  These cookies were not for the troops but served at fundraisers FOR the troops.

They also contain Golden syrup which is not available anywhere near Podunk, USA, so I subbed in a mix of molasses and cane syrup.  About 1 Tbl of each.

Chewy, sweet, delicious.  Another keeper!

Both cookies are from Dorie’s Cookies.  The ANZAC biscuits are on page 159.  The Lemon Sugar cookies on page 171 {also HERE}.  

For more cookies from Dorie -> 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday

It’s Tuesday. That means cookies! At least the 1st and 3rd Tuesday anyway.  This week’s cookie is a “corked” Breton Galette.  I looked at that name and could not figure our what it meant until I read through the blurb about the cookie. She was wandering through Paris and stopped into a pastry shop that was offering filled galettes.  The indention in the middle was made with a CORK rather than the usual thumb.

As soon as the galettes comes out of the oven press a cork into the center of each cookie.

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Well, I didn’t have a cork but I did have a utensil with a bottom about the size of a cork and that worked nicely.

I filled them with some lovely cherry preserves.

 I did make a small change.  I halved the sugar, subbed in Splenda and added about 1/8 tsp of Stevia.

Some of mine came out TOO browned and some weren’t brown enough but that was okay. The Man liked them and that was all that mattered.  Unfortunately I couldn’t eat any because I started the Whole30 program two weeks before.  Oh, well, I can always make them again.

The recipe is on page 291 of Dorie’s Cookies.  If you love, or even like, cookies you really need to get Dorie’s  Book.

How did the rest of the TWD group like them?  Visit Tuesdays with Dorie and find out.

It has been chilly here in the deep south for the last few days.  Highs only in the 60s and lows in the 40s.  Now that may not seem chilly to many of you up north where the temps are LOTS lower but to those of us in the south it is soup and gumbo weather. So last night I made gumbo and today I made a Whole30 Sweet Potato Soup.  And then the temps went up the mid 70s and it wasn’t soup weather any more.

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Sweet potatoes mixed with cinnamon and ginger then simmered in water and coconut milk .  Thick, filling, tasty.  Tasted like sweet potato casserole at Christmas.  Without the marshmallows and nuts.  Although, I could have garnished it with chopped pecans. Over the top for soup?  I don’t think so. { I was searching for the  recipe  on the Whole30 blog and  ran into a curried sweet potato soup where curry powder was added while the soup was simmering.  What a GREAT idea!}

Anyway.  The recipe is from The Whole30:  The 30 day guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM  {page 300} my book for March’s Cookbook Countdown.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

When I think of eating ‘healthy’ I really don’t consider cake.  Especially chocolate cake but I ran across this recipe in my February Cookbook eating to beat high blood pressure.  Truth be told this is NOT a weight loss book but a path to health.

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So these little bites of chocolate delight are only 70 calories, and 1 gm fat (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece) each.  I cut mine a little bigger but still not bad.  I sprinkled them with a little cocoa and powered sugar but they were plenty sweet without it.

    1 1/3 cups sifted self-rising flour
    1 cup + 2 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
    1 Tbl instant espresso powder
    1 cup sugar {I subbed in 1/2 cup Splenda and added 18 tsp Stevia}
    1/2 up packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 large egg whites
    1 Tbl powdered sugar

325 degree oven

Line an 8″ pan  with foil leaving an overhang.

Sift together the flour and cocoa.  Add the espresso powder into warmed buttermilk and allow to dissolve.

Mix the sugars together with the applesauce, buttermilk/espresso, and vanilla.  Add the liquids into the flour/cocoa mix and combine just until blended.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold into the batter and add in the chocolate chips.  {I found the batter to be VERY stiff so I added just a tad of water before I folded in the whites.}  

Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until set.  Don’t over bake!  Remove from pan and cool for about 15 minutes on a rack.

SOOOO good! Definitely a keeper.

The recipe is on page 263.

 

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2)

You know what I like about Dorie? Besides all of her delicious recipes? She takes the time to answer questions from the people who bake/cook from her books. Simple questions.  LIke – can I used dried hibuscus flowers in the Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Fans instead of the called for hibiscus tea leaves?  Within just a few hours she tweeted me back that yes, I could do that but use less than the two teaspoons.  Thank you, Dorie.  You rock!  I crushed the dried flowers and added them into the mix.

I also didn’t have rose extract so I used about 2 tsp of rose water instead.  That also worked quite well.  And the fragrance of the rose was heavenly every time I opened the oven to check on the fans.  UUUuummmm!!

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I was excited to make shortbread fans because I had a new pan that I hadn’t used much yet.  Plus I love shortbread.  They came out perfectly.  In fact I may use this recipe and change the flavors because this recipe came out so well.  Soft yet crispy.  AND they didn’t crumble apart like many shortbreads do.  So, thanks again, Dorie!

I admit I couldn’t taste the hibiscus in the cookies but my dried flowers may have been past their prime.  Even the Man liked them which I didn’t expect with those particular flavors in them.  Sometimes he really surprises me.

I also didn’t put icing on the cookies.  Since Dorie said it was optional I just left my cookies plain.

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These cookies are on page 101 of Dorie’s Cookies.  I also found the recipe on the Daily Mail Site.

For more Shortbread Fans check in with the bakers at Tuesdays with Dorie .  BTW we’d love to see more of you bake with us.  Just get Dorie’s book and bake away.  You can leave your links with us.

I could eat brownies daily.  Good. Fudgy. Brownies.  The Man loves cookies.  Daily.  Any kind.  When I can combine the two it’s a good day.  Like today.  The Avid Baker’s Challenge made Deb’s brownies/cookies/ brownie cookies.  Whatever you call them are GOOD!!  Lots of chocolate flavor – not hard to understand since they have cocoa, chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate in them.

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The Browniest Cookies

Little bites of intense!  The perfect way to end a meal  Not sweet but not bitter.  Just right!

I did make a couple of small changes.  I subbed Splenda for the 2 Tbl of sugar {the cookies also have 1 cup packed brown sugar.}  And I subbed in 1/2 cup WWF for 1/2 cup of the AP flour.  It didn’t make any difference in the taste or texture but it made me feel better about the sugar and increased ‘healthiness’ of the cookie.  LOL

These cookies are for February’s Avid Bakers Challenge.  I haven’t baked with them in quite a while but decided to join back in since all the baking won’t be JUST sweet stuff this year.  We are baking from Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen for 2017.  She is one of my favorite reads and recipe sources.   

 

When I was 8  and we lived east of Liverpool in the little village of Rainhill my Mom had a garden.  Not unusual to have a garden.  Except it was the first garden my Mom ever planted.  And it contained rhubarb which grew wonderfully in that area of England.  I loved it.  It was sour and sweet at the same time.  I haven’t had rhubarb but twice since then.  Both for Tuesdays with Dorie.  You don’t find it in the stores much.  But I have a friend who grew some and I had just enough to make this Crisp.

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Mix together two cups chopped apple and two cups chopped rhubarb with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbl cornstarch.  {I added a heaping tsp of cinnamon.  Cinnamon and Apples are perfect together.}  Let this sit for about an hour.

With a pastry blender mix together 2/3 cup uncooked oats, 1/2 cup AP flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. and 2 1/3 Tbl tub margarine until it resembles coarse crumbs.. {while I have enjoyed the recipes from this cookbook I will NOT miss using this awful  sub for butter!!!}.  

Sprinkle the topping mixture over the apple/rhubarb mix in a 1 quart casserole dish. Bake at 375 until the topping is light brown. {Mine took about 30 minutes.}  Let cool four about 2o minutes before serving.

I will tell you that this was NOT very good.  While The Man said it got better after a few bites I thought it was awful.  It could be that the rhubarb was picked too early and had no sweetness.  It could be the crumble which seemed stale.  It could be I just don’t like rhubarb anymore….There won’t be a repeat on this one.

The recipe is from Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook – my book for February Cookbook Countdown –  page 306.  The last recipe from this book as Countdown 14 starts tomorrow.  Still looking at a book for that one.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 13 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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