Cocoa Sablés

3.23.2012


This is my second week with the FFWD group and yesterday I had a good time baking these cocoa rounds, studded with bittersweet chocolate. The recipe can be found in the phenomenal book Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan. 

There´s something to be said for simple recipes. I feel the need to pay more attention to them, and to find the best ingredients I can. This dough comes together in no time after waiting for the butter to soften. The only part to be aware of is that it needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours. Then it´s just slice and bake.
I didn´t even consider not adding the optional bittersweet chopped chocolate, and I feel it added a great deal to the finished cookie. 
Cocoa can be a bit astringent at times; the chocolate, having a very small amount of sugar, gives it what I think is the definitive taste that makes these cookies great on their own. Here we have an ice cream flavor called chocolate mousse that´s very popular because it´s just plain, not-to-sweet and not-too-bitter chocolate taste. These sablés remind me of that. Good any day with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

A recipe to keep; I will try them also with some other addition like candied orange peel or ginger.
You can find the recipe here.


16 comments:

  1. Very nice.
    Glad these were a hit for you!

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  2. Candied orange peel sounds like a great addition. I love the combination of dark chocolate and citrus.

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  3. A hit indeed! And I agree, I can't imagine not adding the chopped chocolate to these. And neither could my office mates who were this week's beneficiaries.

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  4. I agree with the need for a nice coffee and cookie break with these.

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  5. Yep - I agree - what's to decide! Always add more chocolate! I really liked these, too!

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  6. Welcome to FFWD! I was missing in action for 2 weeks so this is my first visit to your site. I LOVE candied orange peel and ginger and think your suggestion to add them to the sables is a brilliant one!

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  7. Your cookies look great! In my world, there's no such thing as too much chocolate.

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  8. This is a fun group, Tricia and i have been here for about 1-1/2 years and enjoyed every week.
    Some great successes, and some not so great, but an experience all the same. Your sablés
    look great and I am sure were delicious.

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  9. Yes--I agree. Optional chocolate is not really optionhal.

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  10. You did a great job on your sables! The chocolate was not optional for me either…it added a lot to the cookie!

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  11. I forgot the chocolate was optional until I saw a few people mention it. I would never have even thought to leave it out! Your cookies look wonderful. I'm glad you are enjoying the group so far.

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  12. I don't think chocolate is ever optional! Lovely job.

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  13. We also thought this recipe a keeper and I agree that the bittersweet chocolate is not an option. Your sables are beautiful.

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  14. I think most of us agree that the chocolate is, from now on, part of the recipe!!

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