Last week I received the greatest gift of all time: a Kitchen Aid Mixer!
I work with a woman who went to culinary school. She was a pastry chef and makes the most wonderful baked goods! She always tells me what a “champ” her mixer is because of all the baking she puts it through. Since her mixer seemed to be getting”tired”, she decided it was time to get a new mixer… This is good news for me. The “champ” was given to her by her parents when she graduated culinary school, so naturally she has a special attachment to it. She wanted to give it to someone who loved to cook and would use it will…. Ahem, ME!
I am now the proud owner of “The Champ”. And so far, it has been the most amazing kitchen appliance I own; However, I recently purchased a set of Le Creuset cookware! All I can say is I am making beef short ribs in my French oven tomorrow night… Stay tuned.
Linzer Cookies with Spiced Jam
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 1/4 cups hazelnuts with skin
- 1 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- 3/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves
- 1/4 teaspoon anise seeds, ground in a spice grinder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- In a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with the granulated sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add the egg yolks and lemon zest and beat until smooth. In a food processor, combine the hazelnuts with the bread flour and process until the nuts are finely ground. Add the cinnamon and cloves and pulse to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and beat on low speed until smooth. Pat the dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Working in batches if necessary, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a 2-inch round cutter, stamp out cookies as close together as possible. Using a small decorative cookie cutter, stamp out the centers of half of the cookies. Transfer the whole cookies to 1 prepared baking sheet and the cut-out cookies to another.
- Bake the cookies in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets. Meanwhile, refrigerate the scraps until chilled, then reroll, stamp out more cookies and bake.
- Dust the tops of the cut-out cookies with confectioners’ sugar. In a small bowl, whisk the raspberry preserves with the ground anise and coriander. Spoon the preserves onto the whole cookies, cover with the sugar-dusted cookies and serve.