Simple ingredients, simple flavors. I think of these as the basics of French food.
Now that I have Baking Chez Moi in my possession I find it does not disappoint. Most recipes call for ingredients I already have in my cupboard or I can easily recognize. Palets de Dames exists as a prime example of how something as simple as a sugar cookie can feel elevated to a treat.
The moisture level of the dough is a little surprising. When you think of cookies, particularly of the plain variety, the dough is usually quite a bit thicker. This nearly reminded me of mousse.
The resulting cookie is nearly more like a cake. Light, sweet and incredibly fragrant. They are perfect to accompany a beverage on the bitter side like a strong tea or coffee. I experimented with adding a few drops of flavoring to the icing and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. I loved the subtle coconut flavor a drop or two of extract provided and the rosewater added some extra fragrance and subtle flavor.
The rest of the book and this baking journey feel far away but just around the corner at the same time. I can only hope to achieve such enjoyable results with future recipes.
Big thank you to my sweet husband Scott for taking all the wonderful pictures.
Recipes from Baking Chez Moi are not posted although this recipe can be found as a preview. If you like what you see, please purchase the book. It’s wonderful.