This 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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