Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Merveilles

Dorie Greenspan Merveilles from Baking Chez MoiThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi  was another fried dough (not a doughnut but tasting a little bit like one!).

“Merveilles” means “miracles” and Dorie says:

Can sweet, brandied egg dough, fried until puffed and then sugared until it poses a threat to shirtfronts, be anything less than a miracle? The pastry, a centuries-old sweet from France’s Aquitaine, the region that claims Bordeaux as its capital, was traditionally made for Carnival, but knowing a good thing when they see it, the Aquitaines now make it throughout the year.

I made these with lime zest and rum – 1/4 of the recipe to make about 10 little fluted strips of pastry to fry and coat in sugar. The dough is fairly soft and hard to work with – I made it, refrigerated it and then rolled it out, adding a LOT of extra flour to make it workable and less sticky. I cut it into the strips then refrigerated it for a few hours (not required but that worked with my schedule) and it was sightly easier to handle. Since I don’t deep fry, I used a tiny deep pot with enough oil to be “deep enough” and made sure to measure the temperature to 350˚F. They took a couple of minutes each side.

These were so tasty when warm, coated in icing sugar. The next day? Not so much. Glad I tried these and will definitely look out for them next time I’m in Aquitaine (because, you know, there’s a sweet little house there that I can recommend!)

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Merveilles on page 246 of Baking Chez Moi or here.

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5 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Merveilles

  1. steph (whisk/spoon) July 28, 2020 at 16:48 #

    another fried one that i skipped— although i have to admit that i would like these if i made them. i wish i were staying in your house in france. 🙂

  2. Cakelaw July 28, 2020 at 18:32 #

    I am glad it wasn’t just me that had trouble rolling out this dough- I started to become quite emotional about it at one point. They were good freshly made. I left the rest with my neighbours as I could have kept eating the warm ones. How cool that your place is in Aquitaine, home if Merveilles!

  3. Zosia July 29, 2020 at 08:48 #

    There’s not much to dislike about fried, sugared dough – except the process of making it!

  4. Diane Zwang July 29, 2020 at 12:46 #

    Glad that you were able to make some and enjoy them. I am happy all the frying is over.

  5. Kim August 1, 2020 at 14:41 #

    Good job! Sounds like these were really fussy! Sat this one out as we had our daughters wedding and just couldn’t fit it in.

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