Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cinnamon Spice Cookies - Tuesdays with Dorie

This year's final baking project from Baking Chez Moi is speculoos, a pleasantly spiced cookie that's perfect for the festive season. 
I've made them before to use as an ingredient in other recipes from the book, Apple Speculoos Crumble and Simplest Plum Tart, but these crunchy cookies are also delicious just as they are.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Alsatian Christmas Bread - Tuesdays with Dorie

A traditional Alsatian Christmas treat, a cake of spiced dried fruits and nuts bound with almond flour, was one of this month's scheduled bakes from Baking Chez Moi. Dorie says that the only "must-have" ingredient for this is dried pears, an ingredient that proved to be rather elusive. I gave up looking for it after checking three stores and simply increased the quantities of apples, prunes, apricots and cranberries to make up the missing weight.
It seemed quite easy to make - I didn't have any trouble shaping the roll - but sometime between 75 and 90 minutes of baking, my roll cracked and the exposed area dried out a little. Perhaps I didn't roll it tightly enough or maybe 90 minutes was too long in my oven. I noticed when I sliced it that my fruit pieces were on the large side so that may have contributed to the problem as well. I'll never know because I have no plans to make this again. The flavour was okay but there were no takers....on to the next recipe!

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