très cool

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Paris. The city of love. The birthplace of dreaming. The hub of art and literature and culture and everything très cool. But most importantly Paris is the city where I tasted the best croissant of my entire life. The Parisians pride themselves on their Frangipane, which is a melt-in-your-mouth pastry cake made with ground almonds and all things heavenly. It is a special tradition, made and eaten around Christmas and the first few weeks of the new year.

Inspired by this cake and by their many artisan patisseries, I created a ‘Ceire’s Kitchen’ version of their Sables biscuit. Perfect with a cuppa tea or even better, some mulled wine…

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Ingredients:

  • 150g flour
  • 50g almond meal
  • 100g butter
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 40g dark chocolate

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180’C
  • Cut butter into small cubes and combine with the flour and almond meal until it resembles bread crumbs (use an electric mixer as it’s much quicker).
  • Mix in the sugar and vanilla essence
  • Break in the egg and mix gently by hand.
  • Roll out mixture until 1cm thick and use round cookie cutters to cut into shapes.
  • Bake for 10min or until golden brown.
  • Chop up dark chocolate into small pieces and melt in microwave.
  • Using a spoon, artistically drizzle the melted chocolate onto your biscuits.
  • Voilà !

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2 thoughts on “très cool

  1. Darling Ce!

    I’ve loved watching your videos, it’s like having you in the room.
    Quick question: when you use almond meal- is that equivalent to ground almonds or almond flour? I haven’t seen almond meal here in CT.

    Much love
    C

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