I am officially stepping out of my comfort zone.
I love cooking and I am confident in the skills I have built since I was a college junior with an actual kitchen. A baker? Not so much. There are plenty of exhibits I can pull out for your reference, worthy of the #PinterestFail label. Some of them have even made it to the blog.
If practice makes perfect, then I’m on my way to get my bakers’ wings or whisk or designated token. This is my first post with the Tuesdays with Dorie group. Tuesdays with Dorie is an online group started by Laurie Woodward, a home baker who received a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home To Yours back in 2008. Laurie enlisted her friend Jules to accompany her in this baking and blogging journey and the TwD phenomenon took off. At the group’s popularity height, it reached over 500 bloggers! The success of the group led to the creation of French Fridays with Dorie, the cooking group I have been participating in for well over three years.
The TwD’ers wrapped up their “Baking” journey on December 2011, and began then working their way through Baking with Julia, also authored by Dorie Greenspan. With Baking Chez Moi (Dorie’s most recent tome) barely out of the oven, the TwD-ers have reconvened and will be baking from the book. The posts for these delicious treats will be up on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
So… if it’s your first time visiting, thank you for stopping by. Make sure to check my mini bio and as many posts as you’d like so we can get caught up and feel like old friends. You can also ask me anything about the blog, Puerto Rico, my baking successes and fiascos, etc. in the comments or through the blog’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Want more? Great Food 360˚ is also in Instagram and Pinterest.
Housekeeping… done! On to the fun stuff.
To kick off the TwD: Baking Chez Moi (BCM) journey, our moderators have selected Palets de Dames, Lille style. The word ‘palet’ translates to puck in English. If you enter “palets des dames Lille Style” into an online translator it will say something akin to ‘ladies shuffleboard Lille style”. We’re baking the Lille shuffleboard club’s favorite snack! Jokes aside, the palets are cake-like sugar cookies that are dipped in a simple, lemony icing. The dough for the cookies comes together in the stand mixer, chills in the refrigerator for at least an hour, and then gets scooped into cookie sheets for baking.
One of my favorite things about BCM is that Dorie provides both the traditional and weighted measures for the ingredients. It was very easy to halve the batch of cookies to a manageable bakers’ dozen. Although I won’t be able to pull this off with every recipe, I’m aiming to be a Mardi Michels Minification Minion through the TwD run. I think my cookie drop is larger than the suggested 2 teaspoon one because I didn’t get the 20 cookies that the reduced batch yields per the book.
I really liked the cakey texture of these cookies, and enjoyed them more without the icing and colored sugars. I’d love to try these next time with a chocolate glaze. Does anyone have a recipe they can share? Topped with colored sugars, the palets des dames would be perfect to take to work for birthdays… all the flavor and festiveness of cake, with minimal mess. Not even the dieters would be able to resist them!
Tuesdays with Dorie is an online cooking group where bakers from all over the world join to work through the recipes of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. Click here to meet the rest of the TwD:BCM team and check out their Palets des Dames Lille Style. See you all in two weeks!