Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Waiting for Dorie
I have been following with interest the Tuesdays with Dories blog – a weekly baking challenge to bake through Dorie Greenspan’s book From My Home To Yours. As New Zealand follows more of an English culture than an American, Dorie Greenspan was a foreigner to me until I entered the world of blogging. Now I have ordered her book from Amazon on the strength of what other bloggers say and also the delicious looking recipes being created on the Tuesdays with Dorie challenge – I can’t wait for my book to arrive so I can start to join in the fun!
Anyway, while I was looking at Dorie’s website I came across the Linzer biscuits that she had made for Valentines Day. She had made Linzer biscuits into heart shapes and half dipped them in chocolate. I have never made Linzer biscuits before, but have often looked at the recipe before in a Martha Stewart cookie baking magazine I have.
By the weekend Valentines Day was over, but I wanted to make something for my Uncle in Dunedin. My aunty (Mum’s sister) is going through chemo at the moment and is in hospital. I have sent her some wee gifts, but they have no children and so Uncle Bill is home alone and I thought he would appreciate a wee treat. A good chance to test out the Linzer biscuits!!! Instead of using Dorie’s recipe (thought I would save that for when I have The Book!), I used the Martha Stewart recipe. A lot of people say that her recipes don’t work all that well. Only comment here is that I added a bit more flour. Also, I didn’t have any hazelnuts, so used ground macadamia nuts. I filled mine with home made raspberry jam.
Linzer biscuits are kind of a cross between Shrewsbury biscuits and Belgium biscuits. They don’t have as much spice as Belgium biscuits, but are not as plain as Shrewsbury. I guess the big difference is that they have ground nuts in them. I will make these again, but will try Dorie’s recipe and maybe wont join them together with jam, but chocolate dip them as she suggests.