Wednesday, December 16, 2009

TWD - Cafe Volcano Cookies

This week’s TWD recipe is Café Volcano Cookies and was chosen by Macduff of The Lonely Sidecar. This is probably one of the more unusual recipes in the book. The method is so odd, that you wonder what on earth the cookies are going to turn out like.

The cookies are like a cross between a meringue and a nut only Florentine. The method is more like that of a Florentine (ie throw everything in the pot together) than a meringue, but the ingredients are that of a meringue. Essentially you warm together over a low heat, egg whites, sugar, toasted almonds and walnuts and espresso powder, and then make wee mounds of the mixture on a baking tray and bake. Surprisingly the egg white doesn’t go omelette like when heated. The cookies are crisp and meringue like.

I was going to include my batch of cookies (which I halved) with the baking for hospice that I did in the weekend, but the cookies are very delicate and I don’t think they would enjoy being in a plastic bag. It’s a little early to give these delicate wee morsels away for Christmas, but I am sure my husband and I will both enjoy them over the next few days.

See what the other TWDers thought here.


Cakelaw said...

They turned out well! I agree that these cookies would probably get a little cranky in plastic bags, but they are great to eat :)

pinkstripes said...

Your cookies look great! I loved how easy they were to make.

jillbert said...

Yours puffed up wonderfully. I had no idea what would happen when I put these in the oven, but I was happy with the result.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

such an odd recipe, but we liked these a lot!

natalia said...

You made these cookies look nice !! We call them brutti ma buoni !