Posts made in November, 2013

Classic French dark chocolate truffles

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Classic French dark chocolate truffles

These truffles are inspired by the dark chocolate truffles served with coffee after lunch at Le Flore en l’île, a beautiful restaurant and tea salon on the Île Saint-Louis with a magnificent rear view of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris (and those flying buttresses!)  They also happen to resemble those from the legendary chocolate makers at La Maison du Chocolat.  Known as les truffes in France, they are so named due to their resemblance to the savory truffle. Recipe by Karen Gros Makes approximately 50 (1/2-inch) truffles  Ingredients: ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream 2...

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Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles occupy a special place in my memory, as this was the cookie that my mom would bake and send to me wrapped in waxed paper and packed in a Christmas tin when I was in college in California, a long way from home in Oklahoma.  A popular Southern favorite cookie, the snickerdoodle is basically a soft sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture prior to baking.  The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln (“snail noodles”), a kind of pastry.  I have modified the...

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Brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

This cookie recipe, one of the world’s best, was used by Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis, and are hence named “Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies” in Martha Stewart’s Entertaining cookbook.  I have modified the recipe to reduce the amount of sugar, as it is possible to successfully reduce the quantity of sugar in any recipe by one-third without changing the outcome.  We find the taste more agreeable too, as we prefer to avoid overly sweet baked goods.  The high butter ratio creates cookies that spread thinly, and gives a toffee-like quality.  The recipe makes...

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