So yeah. The boss is out of town today and tomorrow (had hoped for the day after as well, but I noticed he has an appointment on Thursday and reminded him of it. :-/ Since work's been quiet since coming back from holidays, I'd hoped to sneak in some Christmas cookie baking today as well, but started getting calls in the afternoon. One of them right around when the cookies were to come out of the oven... ;_; Today's "cookies" were for "Almond Wafers", but they're not really cookies; "florentines" by any other name... The recipe itself was really simple and when not burnt, the results are yummy:
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 tbsp flour
1 c sliced almonds
Mix first four ingredients in a pot until blended then bring to a boil on med-high heat. Boil for a minute, stir in almonds, and drop rounded teaspoonsful 3" apart on foil lined baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 6-8 mins or until golden. Makes 20 cookies.
If I were to make this again, there are a couple things I'd do differently. For one thing, the cookies ended up really spreading out and becoming thin, whereas if I made sure to mound things on the sheet, I'd end up with slightly stacked white almonds in the middle of the spread out cookie... actually, it's sort of reminiscent of a fried egg with a massive white. :P
Yesterday, I made cream puffs but didn't get around to crushing candy canes. I swear, I wasn't supposed to do any baking yesterday either if the complete lack of organization was any sign. Ysa-chan seems to have had a serious omen against baking a couple of days ago (how ever did you get a cookie sheet under the oven??) but being too stubborn I decided to plow ahead...
Right at the start I:
- poured the cream in the pot first thing and ended up having to pour it back into the measuring cup.
- broke an eggyolk while trying to separate an egg with the yolk ending up in my hand
- dropped a whole egg into the whites bowl rather than getting the yolk separated
This all within the first few minutes of pulling things out to get started. >_<; Thankfully, things settled after that, and besides some minor drips and spills the cream puffs came out reasonably well. That recipe sometimes really surprises me. It breaks the cardinal rule of baking (measure all things carefully) and is anything but precise, and yet, it somehow still works out.
The first batch of custard was a bit too light in the vanilla department, and the second perhaps a hint strong? Oh well. :P The other thing that's been plaguing me the past couple of times is slightly lumpy custard. It's easy enough to fix by sending it through a strainer, but it's not supposed to do that. I must be doing something weird or something. >_<;
Oh, and since the boss was away, I'd thought to make another batch or two of the eggnog cookie recipe since I don't think anyone will actually *drink* the eggnog, but... I seem to be too tired to do anything but snooze and watch the virus scan count over the files. There's always tomorrow. :P
Anyhow, I seem to be falling asleep at the keyboard. Zzzzz. -_-