Monday, August 10, 2009
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
It was time in the weekend to bake for hospice again. I made my Dorie challenge for tomorrow as part of my baking for hospice and then I made these 5 spice cookies. These plain little cookies are actually absolutely delicious, a real situation of don’t judge a book by its cover!
The cookies are really easy to make. The recipe is one of Fiona Smith’s from Cuisine and you can find it here. The recipe says to rub the butter into the four mixture. I actually used my preferred method of creaming the butter and sugar, adding the egg and golden syrup and lastly the dry ingredients. I also left out the cyrstallised ginger, mostly because I don’t like it all that much. I also only used 2 c flour – 2 ½ would have made my mixture too dry. Once the dough is mixed, you simply roll into a log – I tried to give mine squared off edges, chill, slice and bake.
The result is very crisp, deliciously spicy cookies. I left mine to cool on the tray which gives an extra crispness to gingerbread style cookies. These are nice by themselves, but especially delicious with cheddar cheese. My husband had some with quince paste and cheese but I thought just cheese was just perfect.