Thursday, December 01, 2005

Satisfaction guaranteed

Today I'm leaving the office at 12:00, having taken the afternoon off for a serious baking session with the Pampered Princess (more about her another time). We are planning to produce four different kinds of cookies. While we will be sweating over our rolling pins and cookie-cutters, I thought I'd share my easy-peasy recipe which is just perfect for people who claim they have two left hands when it comes to baking. Come on, awaken the domestic god(ess) that lurks deep inside you:
CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR DUMMIES:
Ingredients:
3 eggs
200g icing sugar
240g flour
200g dried cranberries (or raisins or any kind of dried fruit)
500g walnuts (or any other nuts, but walnuts are softest for slicing)
a pinch of salt
(a teaspoon each of cinnamon and/or saffron: optional)

Method:
Whisk the eggs, sugar, salt and flour before you add the (whole, as in: not chopped) walnuts and cranberries. With wet hands, form sausages (approx. 4-5 cm in diameter). Firmly press them together in order to prevent them from spreading sideways too much. You will think "Oh. My. God. This looks like baby puke. How did I manage to fuck up with so few ingredients?". Don't worry, you're doing a great job, it's supposed to look rather brutal:

looks very gooey (onemorehandbag) Bake in a preheated oven at 160° for 30-40 minutes (until "golden" brown). Leave to cool, then slice off cantuccini-style cookies with a sharp knife.

Et voilà - You get this many cookies.
tadah. the finished product (onemorehandbag)


Purchases of the day: None and very likely there won't be any. I can't believe I just wrote that.

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