I’ve been following Dorie Greenspan for quite some time, and I have to say that I am fully in love with her style of cooking, baking, and living. She’s someone I could see being fast friends with, and I am sure that all of her other devotees are attracted to her for the very same reasons.
Oddly enough I had never picked up one of her cookbooks, though they have long been on my wish list. I’d also (through Dorie’s website) found Tuesdays with Dorie, which is a really neat idea (one recipe, every other week from Baking Chez Moi, and alternating weeks are working through Baking with Julia). Of course, I am really behind the times on TWD, the group having begun their adventures in 2008, with “Baking: From My Home to Yours”. A similar group, French Fridays with Dorie is working through Around My French Table, but they are going to be done within a few months, so no sense in joining that.
So, I grabbed a copy of Baking Chez Moi on eBay, and between the last of my eBay gift card, and accumulated eBay bucks, I only spent $6 on it! Since the book was just released in October, the group has only completed 5 recipes, which is easy to make up at some point.
I started with Paletes de Dame, which was on page 272 of Baking Chez Moi, which was the group’s first project from the book. They are really simple to make, and so delicately delicious. I would be lying if I said I didn’t lick the glaze bowl clean with my finger. I literally couldn’t stop once I started. Shameful.
As you can see I did have some trouble with the glaze being pretty and even. Making these again, rather than dip the cookies into the glaze, I would drizzle the glaze over the exact middle and let it settle. Also, despite using a cookie scooper, the cookies didn’t bake perfectly round, but that is nit-picking. Nevertheless, these things did not stop my cookies from being oh so good. They would be perfectly delightful with afternoon tea, if that is your thing.
Next thing to do is pick up a copy of Baking with Julia, as well as Around My French Table. Since I am so late to the game with those groups, I will just work through them myself, unless there is anyone out there that wants to join me?
Also, it’s easy to join the Tuesdays with Dorie group, if you like — just pick up a copy, and follow the schedule on the blog. The next project is the Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake, which I will tackle next weekend.