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The Cookie Trials, part 4

Ganache-filled shortbread pillows, Trial Number Three, was a tiny batch of eight cookies, which kind of fell apart before I could photograph them. (The crumbs were tasty, though).

Trial Number Four is approaching the goal. I used 1/16"guide strips to roll the dough, and 1/4" strips to roll the ganache (yes, I rolled it out and cut it--used cocoa powder to dust the rolling pin), and everything came out much nicer.

On the plus side: Crisp, golden, good ratio of chocolate to cookie, even size

On the improvement list: cookie part is a little TOO flaky. Extremely fragile while hot, and still fragile when cooled. Ganache is more bitter than I'd like--maybe use sugar instead of cocoa to roll it out?. Still some gaps in dough showing the filling. Possibly this isn't a bad thing.

I think I'm ready for human trials.


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May. 2nd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
abrinsky is volunteering for human trials.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! I wish I could mail some out to all my friends around the world. And when I solve the over-flaky problem, I probably can!
May. 2nd, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
We volunteer for human trials! They look scrummy.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm having a couple of them with my tea right now (morning after baking--they've had a chance to settle in) and they're not bad. A little bland, I think. I'm seriously leaning toward a milk-chocolate ganache next time. And hazelnut paste. Because I like hazelnuts in just about everything.
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May. 2nd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Next thing I know, the Centers for Disease Control will be around in those big white suits, looking for the cause of swine flu.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hope these are on the "Bring" list for Sunday! They would go great with the lime squares!
May. 2nd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! Brown and green--it's practically meat and vegetables!

I will bring a box of them up tomorrow for your expert critique. I'm pretty sure you'll agree that they need to be a tad sweeter, but it's not like they're inedible.

I've learned a lot with this project. And making these little suckers is akin to making Chinese dumplings (or, as I think you said, ravioli)--filling in a dough. Hassle-o-rama, but fun.

I need a second Wilton silicone candy-mold "pan" because the one I've got has two dozen cavities, and a regular batch of these would be at LEAST twice that many cookies. Since they bake for nearly an hour, and they're such a production-line project, it would be worth owning the second pan. Now if I could just find another one!
May. 2nd, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Seems like we could find one at Michele's or Joann's. Maybe we will go to the Michele's on 164th tomorrow (after a nice walk?) and finish the day with a little mazithra spaghetti at the old Factory. There's a Bed Bath over there too if Michele's doesn't have it.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I like the way you think! No great surprise there, since we often think alike, but I heartily approve your entire plan.

Um...tomorrow's not Mother's Day, is it? Thinking of crowded restaurants, but perhaps not a worry. As I recall, I got the existing mold pan at Michael's. Or maybe Craft Warehouse? Can't find it online to save my soul, which makes me think it's not in production, but I'll persist.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
They look yummy.

I think I'm ready for human trials.

It's at times like these that I bitterly regret being on another continent. *le sigh*
May. 2nd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Continents make no difference anymore, until you actually want to relocate self or goods, damn it. When will Google be offering transmatter rays?
May. 2nd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Your icon is pretty damn fantastic.
May. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hahaha...it speaks the truth!
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