Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City’s Best Pastry Shops by Dorie Greenspan is a delight of a book, jam packed full of the most gorgeous and drool worth recipes for all things sweet, from simple cookies to extravagant cakes, that cover all areas of expertise from beginner to advanced cook. The only downside I suppose is the lack of photographs, only artistic sketches appear; however the advantage is that it allows your imagination to be let run wild and you don’t feel a need to compare your finished product with the one in the book.
What to bake first? Well my lovely friend Carlotta suggested I make the Korova Cookies, and how could I not take her up on the advice? After all without her suggestion I probably would be without this glorious book.
Carlotta certainly wasn’t wrong, the cookies are gorgeous. Salty but sweet, crisp but gooey, deep, buttery, chocolaty discs of delight.
I have to admit that I didn’t bother rolling the cookie dough into logs and leaving to cool for two hours, I was far too impatient and just rolled the mixture into balls, hence the raggedy edged cookies.
They are not just a cookie to munch mindlessly while doing other things, these deserve timely and thoughtful eating, though the perfect accompaniment still has to be a tall glass of cold milk, nothing could beat it.
These cookies are also known as World Peace Cookies, a perfectly apt name as they could bring nothing but peace and harmony to kitchens around the world.
But for peace bringing cookies they're awfully dangerous. Why? Well once you’ve tasted one it would be quite obvious – they’re so dangerously delightful that you’ll want to eat the tray full in one go!
Thank you very much Carlotta for introducing me to such a pleasure.