Dorie Greenspan has a new book, “Dorie’s Cookies.” While I was placing a reservation for it at my public library, I thought I would revisit her previous book, “Baking Chez Moi” this week.
Today’s pick out of the book: olive oil and wine cookies. I’m constantly amazed at how a few ingredients can change the character of all-purpose flour.
Greenspan has published her write-up about the cookies and the recipe here.
For the wine, I used my favorite cheap riesling from Trader Joe’s.
I need to make the recipe again to get the right shaping. My cookies don’t look exactly like Greenspan’s. What’s not to like about needing to open another bottle of wine?
Assuming we have sufficient cookies to share, I wonder about sending them to work with family members. Are they NSFW because of the wine content? Maybe I’ll make up a less overtly descriptive name for them. Greenspan writes that they are a specialty of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, so maybe something like les vins-d’huiles.
It’s pumpkin-spice-latte season, with all of its implications. If you prefer to eat your pumpkin and spice in a muffin, try these pumpkin maple muffins from The New York Times.
The browned butter makes this recipe, so don’t skip it.
The recipe calls for 1½ cups/355 grams of pumpkin purée. As the recipe notes, this is about one 15-ounce can. But don’t use the whole can. If you do, you will end up with muffins that are too moist to properly rise.
- Each time I’ve baked this recipe, I’ve ended up with more batter than a standard 12-muffin pan accommodates. I follow the standard fill-your-muffin-cups-three-quarters-of-the-way-full rule. Maybe I’m too conservative with my batter.
Although this is an excellent recipe, I thought the muffins needed just a little something. So I added a streusel topping.
Here’s an all-purpose streusel recipe:
Flour: 6.8 oz
Brown sugar: 5 oz
Cinnamon: ½ tsp
Pinch of salt
Butter, cold, cubed 5 oz
Combine dry ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low. Add butter cubes and mix until crumbly. Chill.
I sprinkled about 1 tablespoon on the top of each muffin before baking.
This recipe makes a lot of streusel. Store the rest in the fridge for future muffins or other baked goods that need a little something.
Despite all the rave reviews on The New York Times food site, the Hasselback potatoes we made yesterday were good but not great. I’m not sure the dish is … wait for it …. worth the hassle.
My new favorite brownie recipe. Pro tip: if you plan to decorate or ice, use the bottom of the baked slab as the top because it’s even and smooth.
- Bittersweet chocolate: 24 oz
- Unsalted butter: 16 oz.
- Granulated sugar: 28 oz.
- Eggs, room temperature: 8
- Vanilla extract: 1 tsp.
- All-purpose flour: 16 oz.
- Baking powder: ½ tsp.
- Pre-heat oven to 375F.
- Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate and butter together. Set aside to cool.
- Sift flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
- Put eggs and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Start the mixer, then slowly rain in the sugar. Whip at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the chocolate mixture to the egg/sugar mixture. Combine well.
- On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
- Spread batter onto parchment-lined half-sheet pan and use an off-set spatula to even out the top.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set but still slightly soft.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Place pan in freezer until firm.
- Remove from freezer. Run knife around edge of pan. Flip pan over onto another sheet of parchment. Peel off baked-on parchment. Decorate top (formerly the bottom). Photo shows brownie covered with layer of melted white chocolate.
- Beware: this is a big batch of brownies.
Get recipe from NYTimes food site here.
Followed recipe, using blue poppyseeds because that’s what was in the house. Leftover tart (refrigerated) was terrific the next night drizzled with Trader Joe’s caramel sauce.