I am a Baking with Julia dropout. I couldn’t keep up. Now Dorie Greenspan has a new cookbook, Baking Chez Moi! The theme of the book is French home baking and Tuesdays with Dorie is going to start baking their way through the book. I am going to take up the challenge and join in the fun hoping to keep up with the group this time.
What better way to kick off my start on this new challenge than to meet Dorie and have her sign my book. In looking over her book tour I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to attend any of her stops in Southern California as I was getting ready to leave for a business trip to Chicago, BUT WAIT, Dorie was going to be in Chicago when I was and only a mile from my hotel!
The first recipe for the challenge is Palets de Dames, Lille Style. This recipe is posted on the book’s Amazon page as a sample recipe. Palets de Dames are beautiful little white cookies with a white icing. I mixed the dough in the evening, refrigerated it overnight. Then shaped and baked the cookies in the morning. The instructions for icing the cookies were easy to follow and they turned out beautiful. I do have just a couple of comments about the icing. The recipe calls for “a few drops of lemon juice”. I used too few drops and you really couldn’t even taste the lemon at all. I was too concerned about getting the icing too thin, as I added a bit more milk it was easier to achieve a nice smooth surface on the cookie. These cakey little cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
Check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blog to see everyone’s version of these delightful cookies, or better yet buy a book and join us!