Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Fruit and Nut Croquants

Fruit and nut croquants from Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi on a black backgroundThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi was a biscotti-like cookie that, despite the name (“croquant” means “crunchy”), are a little less crunchy than you might expect when you bite into one. Dorie says:

The word croquant can be both an adjective and a noun. As an adjective, it’s easy: It means “crunchy.” As a noun, it can be confusing: It usually refers to a cookie, but there are bunches of cookies that carry the appellation and, depending on who’s making them and where, the cookies can vary in size, shape, flavor and degree of croquant-ness. Say croquant, and most French cookie lovers think of the ones from the south of France, which are usually studded with whole almonds and flavored with orange-flower water.

However, the croquants that really caught my attention came from a small bakery in Lyon. The Lyonnaise cookies weren’t flavored with orange-flower water — in fact, I didn’t detect any flavoring at all — and in addition to lots of almonds, they had other nuts and dried fruits. They looked similar to biscotti or mandelbrot, the Eastern European version of the double-baked sweet, and while they were called croquant, they didn’t quite live up to their name (or their nickname: casse-dents, which means “tooth breakers”) — they were crunchy on the outside and just a little softer and chewier on the inside.

We’ve made a cookie called “croquant” before for French Fridays with Dorie that was completely different than this one, hence the variation Dorie refers to… I actually loved this version – sometimes biscotti are just a little too crunchy so these were perfect! I made a half-recipe and it made 15 fairly thick cookies. With whole almonds and cranberries in there, they were hard to slice thinly – though the recipe says it will make 30 so I guess my size was spot on.

This was an easy recipe that came together quickly and is pretty hands off. I’d definitely use this again to make a “kinder” biscotti! 😉

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Fruit and Nut Croquants on page 307 of Baking Chez Moi or here.

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7 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Fruit and Nut Croquants

  1. Betsy May 12, 2020 at 09:18 #

    The other croquants that we made for FFWD are one of my favorite cookies. However, I just got some dried cranberries in my CSA this week. This looks like a good way to use them. I will look up this recipe. Hope that you, Neil, and Cleo are staying healthy and safe. xo

  2. Kim May 12, 2020 at 19:25 #

    I used sliced nuts because I thought they might be hard to cut the cookies. Yours look like they turned out perfectly.

  3. Cakelaw May 13, 2020 at 04:46 #

    That’s high praise for these cookies, so I look forward to making them. They certainly look good!

  4. Zosia May 13, 2020 at 08:37 #

    I loved these cookies! Yours look so pretty with the pops of colour from the cranberries.

  5. Diane Zwang May 13, 2020 at 12:51 #

    Glad that you enjoyed these. I look forward to making them. I think I have cranberries so will look at using them up.

  6. Diane Zwang May 14, 2020 at 14:55 #

    I didn’t see until today the birthday wishes Steph put up. Happy Birthday!

  7. steph (whisk/spoon) May 15, 2020 at 20:03 #

    i liked that these weren’t teeth breakers. love the shape of yours!

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