This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi was a simple “sablé” (shortbread) that I figured would be easy to whip up in between online classes. In fact, I made this twice (not the full recipe) and I’m not sure I got it right. The recipe calls for “green tea leaves” but I don’t have any on hand so I used hibiscus tea bags, figuring the flecks of tea leaves would look pretty in the cookies.
In fact, the tea leaves didn’t add any flavour to the dough (I tasted it raw) so I added some lemon zest. Then, my dough was SO crumbly (this doesn’t have any egg or liquid in it to bind it together) so I added a few drops of lemon juice too. This is a slice and bake cookie (you roll the dough into a log, freeze it and slice) which isn’t my favourite kind of cookie – I never seem to have any success with them. Either mine are wonky and not perfectly round OR they crumble as I am slicing (despite a super sharp knife). Hmm… This time, you can see I didn’t manage to get them very perfectly round 🙁
The first time I made them, I used regular granulated sugar to roll the log in but it didn’t stick so I left it off the second time. I really need to get me some sanding sugar but it’s not “essential” so I’m holding off… Would I make these again? Probably not. The dough is fussy and while they are definitely buttery, they are a little on the “heavy” side of shortbread cookies. Clearly I did something wrong though because mine look nothing like Dorie’s in the book. Not my faves but they will, however, still be eaten 😉 Waste not, want not.
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Green Tea Sablés on page 268 of Baking Chez Moi.
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