Lemon cookies

A few weeks ago, I made some lime biscuits to use up some leftover egg yolks. I had high hopes for them but was very disappointed in the result.
I think it’s only a matter of personal taste as Matthew really loved them. They were crumbly and quite shortbread-like.

I think lime and sweet biscuit/pastry don’t really work for me.

I read about a lemon cookie recipe but wasn’t too sure about it. Although, it won the award for the best cookie in the US so really, I had to try.

The cookies looked really underdone in the pictures so I experimented. I tried to bake one batch for the same length of time as on the recipe and with another batch I baked them for a few minutes longer, until golden, just to see the difference.

My advice is to take them out before they get golden otherwise they are just boring crispy lemon biscuits and don’t have that chewy moist texture.

I’ll definitly make them again, it was a really nice change from chocolate-chip biscuits, a bit fresh and definitely fresher and less sickly.

Next time though, I’ll add more lemon zest to make it stronger.

For 25 chewy lemon biscuits you’ll need:

– 115g of butter
– 200g of sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp of lemon zest
– 1 tbsp of lemon juice
– a pinch of salt
– 1/4 tsp of baking powder
– a pinch of baking soda
– 190g of plain flour
– 75 g of icing sugar

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.

Add the egg, lemon juice, zest and salt.
Stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Make walnut sized balls, toss them in icing sugar, place them on a baking tray.

Cook at 180°C for about 10 minutes.

Leave to cool down and enjoy!

Mylène

a macaroon tiramisu

I don’t make proper puddings very often but tiramisu is always a winner with everybody.

I looked up for the original Italian recipe and made it my own. Some people like it very strong in coffee and alcohol. I prefer it more delicate to be able to really taste the subtle mascarpone flavor.

A while ago, I had some amaretti biscuits leftover from an order and used them instead of sponge fingers and the result was so much better. The almond biscuit combined with the amaretto (almond liqueur) gave a great twist to the whole dish. Any homemade biscuits would do, I made it with macaron shells as well.

For about 6 people, you’ll need:

– 4 eggs, white and yolks separated
– 100g of sugar
– 250g of mascarpone
– A paquet of sponge fingers or other light biscuits
– A bowl of strong coffee
– A tablespoon of amaretto
– A dessert spoon of chocolate drink powder
– A tablespoon of cocoa

Make your bowl of coffee and add the amaretto, chocolate drink powder and leave it to cool.

Meanwhile, whisk egg yolk and half of the sugar together until light. Add the mascarpone and mix well.

Whisk the egg whites with the rest of the sugar until fluffy and add it to the mascarpone mixture.

Soak the biscuits into the coffee and lay them in a dish. Make sure the biscuits are soaked but not dripping otherwise your tiramisu will be wet and soggy.

Pour half of the egg mixture on the coffee biscuits and make an other layer of them. Pour the rest of the mixture on them.

Put it in the fridge overnight or for minimum 4 hours.

Dust with cocoa before serving. You can make individual tiramisus, a bit more presentable for classy dinner parties.

Mylène

Express greediness

This Easter has been soooo busy this year. A part of my family came to visit and I really wanted to celebrate properly. Actually, I made myself busy… I made my own chocolate eggs (which took a very long while), I also made some egg shaped chocolate macarons, decorated biscuits…

We had a very nice time all together, the weather was not as good as expected but it was ok at the end.

Anyway, I wanted to share a recipe I’ve found a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, especially in the evening, I’m absolutely dying for something sweet after dinner but I haven’t got anything suitable. It’s during one of these times that I’ve found this recipe online. Of course, I didn’t feel like cooking anything too long (more than 5 minutes)and I wanted something delicious.

So, let’s talk about this ultra super express sweet pleasure!! It’s a Spanish biscuit called mantecao, it is extremely crumbly so very delicate. I honestly don’t know any other recipe as quick, easy and delicious as this. Enough with my blablabla, here’s the recipe…

For about 20 biscuits:

–  100g of sunflower oil
–  100g of sugar
–  200g of plain flour
–  A teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together, make little balls, bake for 10-12min at 180°C. The biscuits must not be golden or brown, they have to stay white otherwise they’ll be rock hard. Leave to cool down and eat.

I told you it was quick!

Some people add lemon rind, cinnamon… The original recipe is made with lard. The thought of it makes me sick but if you’re not vegetarian and your taste buds are not sissies, you’re welcome to try the real thing.

Happy New Year!

That’s it, 2011 is already over! I know 2012 is going to be even better!

So this time of the year is the time for resolutions.

I usually think “no more greedy stuff!!!” but this time, I was given so much chocolate for christmas I HAVE TO be greedy.

Like a lot of people, I have a LOT of chocolate left overs from Christmas and I feel obligated to finish them all…

Anyway, a nice way to get rid of your chocolates quickly and in a nice way is to cook with them! Just replace the cooking chocolate with your Christmas chocolates.

Like I’m not a big fan of chocolate cakes, I decided to make chocolate bars.

I melted my christmas chocolates plus a little bit of dark chocolate (to contrast the sweetness of my Christmas chocolates) and melted it all together.

I then poured it into a tin with cling film and added what I wanted: almonds, hazelnuts, currants, cherries, caramel, fudge, pistachio, peanuts, biscuits… It’s your choice.

I chose almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and raisins for mine.

Chocolate goes with a lot of things so you can use your imagination to find a combination you love.

Here’s to a wonderful 2012.

Mylène