Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yes Chef: A new shade of Earl Grey!

I really love Earl Grey tea with lavender. They just seem to go so well together, especially in baked goods. Remember my Earl Grey Lavender Muffins? The aroma is so intoxicating! I thought I’d use this dynamic duo in a cookie recipe this time around. This particular recipe incorporates a list of ingredients that subscribe to the caveman diet or paleo diet, of which I’ve developed a keen interest in. The flours used, such as almond and coconut, work differently than your traditional, all-purpose flours. They provide an interesting taste, texture, and aroma, and I’m just loving them!



Ready for the oven.


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Earl Grey tea
  • ½ tbsp edible lavender buds
  • 2 ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt


All set to go.



Procedure:
  1. Whisk together almond flour, tapioca flour, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Melt coconut oil and butter. Should take about 25 seconds in the microwave.
  3. Pulverize the Earl Grey tea and lavender in a food processor.
  4. Add the pulverized tea and lavender to the flour mixture.
  5. Add the coconut oil, butter, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract to the flour mixture.
  6. Combine the ingredients until a ball is formed. *Roll this into a log, and wrap it in plastic.
  7. Place the log of dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to stiffen. I left mine in the fridge overnight.
  8. Remove the plastic, carefully slice the log into cookies, and place on a parchment lined baking tray.
  9. Place the cookies into a 163°C, pre-heated oven, for 15 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  10. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool down, and then they’re ready to eat!


Nice and golden.


All cooked up.


Looks good!



The aroma wafting from my oven was delicious! Now, the cookies themselves are not particularly attractive. They have a very rustic look. Almost looks like cork. You can pretty them up using a glaze or icing, but, I just enjoyed them as is. The cookies are soft and slightly chewy, and the flavour! Wow! You can really taste the Earl Grey tea and lavender. The almond flour and coconut oil was also noticeable. So good! I will definitely be making these cookies again.

Pretty in pink!



*Note: I actually did not roll my dough into a log, however, I recommend this as the best method. These ingredients are quite delicate and so you will need to work quickly with the dough. I left my dough in the fridge overnight in order to be able to roll out the dough with a rolling pin and then use a cookie cutter. It’s difficult, but possible, as you can see from the pictures. If you’re ambitious, feel free to go this route instead.

It's a wrap!



Tips:

  • Refrigerate dough overnight in order to stiffen enough for using cookie cutters. See *Note.
  • Share the cookies with others to get their opinions, and because it’s a nice thing to do!


Options:

  • Try glazes or icings to decorate the final product. 
  • Use another sweetener, maybe agave, instead of maple syrup.
  • Instead of butter, try another neutral tasting oil, such as grapeseed oil.

Enjoy!





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