Monday, February 28, 2011

Cracaos - Chocolate with Francois

One of the things I like about Chocolate With Francois is it challenging my baking abilities! Boy does it challenge my baking abilities! If I look back over the past months of Chocolate With Francois, I've had more failures than successes. However, those successes are fantastic. what keeps me coming back is hoping that month's recipe will be another success. Unfortunately, this month's wasn't that next success.

Payard's explains Cracaos are a traditional European cookies. There isn't a picture of these cookies in the book. Being a visual person, I searched for Cracaos. Nothing, except a reference to the recipe in this book. Interesting! I am not sure I have ever baked anything that you can't find on the internet.

The recipe goes together easily. The challenging part for me began with the shaping of the cookies. Francois instructs the baker to roll the dough to 6 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, chill and then cut into 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 strips. I realized you have to cut the dough in half to get to 1/4. I decided to cut mine into stars. The dough was hard to work with and tricky to cut into shapes. I halved the recipe and ended up with 12 stars. The recipe calls for a baking time of 10 - 12 minutes. I think because of the larger shape of mine, they required a little longer baking time. After about 17 minutes, I opened the door to pull them out and check on them. I touched my forearm on the oven door. Hot oven and my reflexes made me jump. All but three cookies were either in the oven or on the floor in pieces.

I picked up the pieces, salvaged the good ones and placed them on a rack to cool. Once they'd cooled, I tried a couple of the pieces. I thought they were blah! Not at all what I expected. Since these cookies have toasted pistachios and walnuts, I thought they would be packed with flavor.



I am looking forward to seeing what this month's host, Astheroshe and my fellow CWF bakers thought of these and how their Cracaos turned out.

8 comments:

  1. They looks very good, sorry to hear they disappoint! Looks great with the drizzle!

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  2. Too bad these didn't work out for you. They still look pretty though.

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  3. I have not made these yet..sorry . My life is very busy. The ingredients sound so yummy, i though they would be great??:(..and i liked that they were easy.

    I'll see when i bake them Thanks!! for the shout out :)

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  4. Oh no! I'm so sorry about your cooking disaster! The ones that did make it through look delicious!

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  5. It's a shame that you not only got burned and dropped the cookies, but didn't find their taste worth all that pain. The cookies you salvaged look really good.

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  6. Oh no! Not just blah cookies but getting burned in the process seems so unfair! I like your stars (mine mostly became round cookies, but my coworkers didn't mind!)

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  7. I'm sorry they didn't turn out the way you hoped, but good for you to try something new! Making something without even a photo is very brave!

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  8. Sorry they didn't live up to your expectations:) Looking forward to what you have to say on What's On the Menu Wednesday this week.

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