Thursday, February 25, 2016

TBB: Mini Gateaux Breton

(i spy my own reflection..)

These mini cookies are so easy to put together.  

Normally I will take the short cut method and use store bought almond meal, but this time I toasted the slice almonds and grind with sugar as recipe suggested.   

The dough is easy..but it's soft, so have to put in the fridge to harden. I put mine in the freezer. Because of our weather, anything from the fridge melts within 2 minutes. With these cookies, the harder the dough easier it is to press into the molds. I still kept to the 10g each (as per instruction) for each cavity. 

I used this mini nordicware pan. I don't have the right brioche pan size..actually I saw the right size but it was a Japanese brand selling for almost $7 per mini pan (expensive!) and they didn't have more than 12 pieces either. ..and you know I don't like to wait around too long near the oven! 

Baked as recommended at 160c for 16mins.  
They came out of the pan very easily..and I didn't need to grease the pan either.  But I find them a bit too pale and underdone. So I had to put back in oven to bake a bit longer.

For the 2nd tray, I baked at 170c for 20-22 mins and they turned golden brown (like in the book) - smell wonderful and tasted better too.  Imho I think have to bake till golden brown. Otherwise, the flavor is on the bland side..more like a sweet soft cake rather than almond cookie. 

Baked till golden brown (as below) and flavor is wonderful! 
Delicious and pretty too. :D  


Vicki on February 25, 2016 at 10:18 AM said...

They really turned out beautiful! I just can't get over the pretty shapes. Good idea to let get golden in color to bring out the almond flavor. I almost added some almond extract along with the vanilla!

Marie Wolf on February 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM said...

You're right--the golden brown ones are really pretty, and they probably have a toastier almond flavor too. Great job--I'm glad you forced yourself to go back in your kitchen and bake these!

Angie Schneider on February 25, 2016 at 6:58 PM said...

They turned out so beautiful. Love your cookie mould.

Jenn on February 26, 2016 at 1:55 PM said...

They are so pretty Faithy! Love the shapes!

Rachel on February 29, 2016 at 10:01 AM said...

gorgeous gateaux!

Kimberlie Robert on March 1, 2016 at 8:18 PM said...

Toasty is always better. Nice to have you back.

SweetThingsTO on March 2, 2016 at 9:23 PM said...

Very nice!


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