I'm so excited that I've added another cookbook to my collection! Not just any cookbook, but a copy of "Baking Chez Moi" by Dorie Greenspan is now on my bookshelf among my many other favourite baking books. This fabulous book has go its own place next to Dorie's other books, Baking From My Home To Yours and Baking With Julia. Even though I have two of her books earlier on, I have never participated with the baking group "Tuesdays With Dorie (TWD)". Guess, it is about time I do that, since I would love to bake all the recipes in this book, if I could! I don't see myself putting my foot in France's patisseries, at least not in the near future, I'll just have to bring all those goodies to my kitchen, thanks to Dorie!
"Baking Chez Moi" is one beautiful book, with fabulous recipes, with easy instructions to follow, and would make you want to bake each and every recipe! Of course, if you've already own it, you would know just what I mean. TWD will be baking from this book on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, starting from today, 11th November.
The first bake which TWD is baking from "Baking Chez Moi" (BCM), is Palets de Dames, Lille Style. And what a delightful choice it is, though I would be happy to start off with any bake from this lovely book.
According to Dorie, these cookies can be found in every patisserie in Lille, the northern French city that borders Belgium. These cookies are made with very simple ingredients, and the batter is like a very thick cake batter than a cookie dough. The batter is then refrigerated to firm up for at least an hour, before they are made into rounds by using a small ice cream scoop and placed on a cookie sheet, baking them for only 7-9 minutes, though mine took exactly 12 minutes, just until the edges are slightly brown. Remove them gently with a spatula and place on a rack and allow them to cool to room temperature.
Once they are cooled, glaze the top of the cookie with icing, and leave them on a wire rack to let the icing dry and firm at room temperature. According to Dorie, these cookies are served with a cup of coffee.
These Palets de Dames are so yummy! I ate one while it was still warm, minutes after baking, and it was so good. I did reduce the sugar slightly for the batter since it is going to be dipped into the sweet icing. The sweetness turned out just right, really yummy when dipped into the sweet lemony icing, you would not stop at just one! I did not wait for the icing to set, could not resist popping one in the mouth! And yes, when the icing has finally set, these are good with a cup of coffee! These little cookies has cake-like crumbs, moist and soft. Delicate and elegant in its own way! I enjoyed these cookies, with sips of hot black coffee, while browsing thru the many delicious recipes in BCM!