I already knew when I saw salted butter break-ups on the menu for French Fridays with Dorie this week that I would love them. I mean, butter + salt is a marriage made in heaven. As evidenced by one of our favourite baguette toppers when we are in France.
Yup, that’s right, butter with chunks of sea salt. So, so good.
Since I have been sick, I’ve kind of lost my kitchen mojo so I was pleased for a relatively easy recipe this week. I halved the recipe to make a smaller amount (Dorie’s original recipe says “serves 4” though I beg to differ – that’s a LOT of buttery goodness for 4 people!) and it was the perfect amount for a 2-person household.
The dough came together pretty quickly and easily and rested in the fridge for an hour. I did have some trouble keeping it even thickness as I rolled it out, as evidenced by the slightly burnt edges..
And nibbled a few crumbs as I was doing so. It was wonderful – crisp and buttery and you could really taste the salt (I used fleur de sel – quite large grains that you could actually see if you looked close).
But I couldn’t help think that something was missing. Inspired by my mum, who used to make wonderful chocolate-dipped shortbread and my salted chocolate-dipped potato chips I made last year, I went ahead and tempered some chocolate, dipped and sprinkled some extra salt on the chocolate…
They were fabulous. So, so good. A kick of salt, butter and some chocolate – I mean, what could be better? Dorie’s recipe is already wonderful on its own, the chocolate just elevates it to another level of tasty. I’ll be making these again – they’re so easy and so impressive.
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