Tuesday, December 8, 2009
TWD - Sables
It all begins with cookies. Home made cookies. In my Bubie's (Grandmother's) kitchen. A snail cookie with any combination of jam, coconut, raisins and peanut butter rolled up inside. Melting sweet and chewy. Heaven on the tongue.
After she was gone I lived in a wasteland of bagged cookies - chocolate chip, marshmallow, creme-filled. My mother was a modern woman and in the 1960s and 1970s women didn't bake, they shopped.
They say certain skills skip a generation. In my family that applies to baking, especially cookies. I guess that's why I'm Bubie's Little Baker. I love a homemade cookie, fresh and sweet, still warm from the oven. I'm eating one right now.
Sables are, to me, the holiday cookie. I don't make them the rest of the year, but for the next few weeks, I'll make dozens. With nuts, fruit, candies, candied fruit, rolled in mounds of sugar, maybe I'll finally try Dorie's version with parmesan cheese.
Dorie's recipe for the sable is delicious. It's buttery and sweet and crisp. If you would like this week's recipe, it's on the blog Bungalow Barbara. Please check it out. Barb's a great blooger and her photos are lovely!