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Raspberry Rose Sables / Blueberry Lavender Sables
Of course I bought little pink and lavender cookie plates once upon a time.  

Of course I bought little pink and lavender cookie plates once upon a time.  

I went to a wedding this weekend. The bride is my New Favorite Friend of 2017, but if you pressured me you might get me to say I like her groom even better. But I'd be a liar. Or maybe it's not a lie. I'll never tell. And the good news is now that they are married I don't ever have to pick. 

So he's part Italian...and you know that means COOKIE TABLE. On the table was an unassuming cookie. It was beige with red bits. I took it home, because taking away a box of cookies is what you do, and ate it before going to bed. Because eating cookies before going to bed is what you do.

It haunted my dreams.

I didn't expect rose nor raspberries. I expected cherry maybe. I looked it up, hoping it was a thing. It's a thing and not a little one. Apparently, it's a New York Times published cookie by Pierre Hermes. I ordered the ingredients from Amazon Sunday morning. While there I ordered lavender oil for cooking too. I thought how about a purplesque cookie with blueberries instead of raspberries. 

Truth be told, unsurprisingly the raspberry rose ones are tastier, but they are both gorgeous. Though my cookies are very much more pink than the ones at the wedding. They taste hauntingly delicious. And let me state for the record, I loathe a sliced cookie, but I did it here because Pierre told me to, and I survived. 

The recipe is cut and pasted below, just incase the link to the NYT ever goes down. 

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SUGAR:

  • ¼ cup (60 grams) sanding sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure rose extract (like Star Kay White)
  •  Red liquid food coloring

FOR THE SABLÉS:

  • ½ cup (10 grams) freeze-dried raspberries
  • 1 ½ cups (204 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (155 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (67 grams) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure rose extract (like Star Kay White)
  • ¼ teaspoon fleur de sel

    PREPARATION

    1. To make the sugar: Put the sugar, extract and a few drops of coloring in a small zipper-lock plastic bag, seal the bag and shake until the color is even. Add more color if you'd like.
    2. To make the sablés: Put the raspberries between sheets of wax paper, and crush them with a rolling pin or the bottom of a skillet. Don’t expect perfection — it’s fine to have mostly powder and a few small nuggets. Whisk the raspberries into the flour.
    3. Working with a mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until it’s soft and creamy, but not airy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, extract and fleur de sel, and beat 3 minutes more. Turn the mixer off, scrape down the bowl, add the flour mixture all at once and pulse the mixer on and off to begin incorporating the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until the dough forms soft curds and then starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Give it a few last turns with a spatula, then scrape it out onto the counter. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, and roll each into an 8-inch-long log.
    4. Spread the sugar out on a piece of wax paper, and roll the logs in the sugar until they’re completely coated. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days.
    5. When you’re ready to bake, position the racks to divide the oven into thirds, and preheat it to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    6. Unwrap the logs, trim the ends if they’re ragged and cut the logs into ½-inch-thick rounds. Place them on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each round.
    7. Bake the cookies for 19 to 21 minutes, rotating the sheets top to bottom and front to back after 10 minutes, or until the cookies are firm around the edges and golden brown on the bottom; the tops will remain pale. Rest the sablés for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Serve — or pack into a container — when the cookies come to room temperature.
    Pumpkin Pie with a Butter Crust
    Roses and spirals  

    Roses and spirals  

    When someone at work asks, "so when is the pumpkin stuff going to show up?" you know you're slacking on your baking. 

    I've got a class coming up and I thought well, there's no time like today to get a handle on things. It's a pie class. It's a fall pie class so clearly pumpkin is in the offering. 

    Today's pie is a combination of a Hubbard squash and golden nugget pumpkin. Yes, pumpkin is squash, but it has a harder skin, and really a more creamy texture. I was really looking for a Cinderella pumpkin, but my local grocery didn't have them, so I made do. And pie bakers always make do. 

    The filling for 2 deep 9 inch pies

    3 cups of cooked squash flesh, bake the squash cut side down in a little water for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. 

    1.50 cups of sugar

    4 eggs

    2-12 ounce cans of evaporated milk

    2 teaspoons cinnamon

    0.25 teaspoon mace or nutmeg

    0.25 teaspoon cloves

    allspice and ginger are good additions too. 

    Process it until smooth in a food processor. Pour into prepared crusts. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, lower heat to 350 and bake an additional 35-45 minutes. 

    Pie Crust with Butter

    1 cup flour

    0.25 teaspoon salt

    0.25 cup or 2 ounces of cold butter, diced small

    3 tablespoons ice water

    In a large bowl, toss the flour and salt together. Rub in the butter until it is fine as sand, but hurry you don't want to melt it. Add the water, lightly squeeze into a dough ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour. Roll between two pieces of parchment paper. Line pie pan, flute edges and fill with filling. Bake as described above. 

    So there's your pumpkin pie! 

    Lemon Cake of Cakes

    Zoe wanted Lemon Cake for her 16th Birthday. S I X T E E N !

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    I should be so lucky that she wants a homemade cake. All of my so so attempts haven't put her off. She actually prefers them to store bought mixes so that a win. 

    I used 3 6-inch pans. I couldn't find a recipe that I thought would make the right amount of batter so I created this one myself. 

    0.5 cup whole milk yogurt

    1.5 cup sugar

    3 eggs

    2 cups flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    0.50 teaspoon salt

    zest of 1 lemon

    0.25 cup fresh lemon juice

    0.50 cup oil

    Parchment line 3 6-inch pans, or 2 9-inch pans. Spray with oil. Preheat oven 350 degrees

    In a bowl combine the yogurt, sugar, and eggs. Mix until the sugar is dissolved. Combine the flour, soda, and salt. Add half to the sugar. Combine the juice and oil together, put half into the batter. Add the remaining flour, mix, ad the last of the oil and lemon juice. Mix about 2 minutes longer on high speed. 

    Pour into pans and bake 35-40 minutes until a tester inserted comes out clean. Cool and frost. 

     

     

    Lemon cake's alright.