Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Viennese Chocolate Sables

These cookies are soft, crumbly and not-too-sweet, with a slight cocoa-bitter edge.
Traditionally, the cookies are piped to look like a "W" (or as I'd like to think of it, an upside-down "M" for Muna). Obviously, mine does not look anything like any letter from the alphabet, though a few objects do come to mind.... anyways, what matters is the taste (if all else fails...)

Pierre Herme’s Viennese Chocolate Sables

260g flour
30g good quality cocoa powder
250g room temperature butter
100g powder sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp egg white (approx. from 2 eggs)
1 tsp vanilla extract (the original recipe does not call for this but I couldn't resist)

Preheat oven to 180C.

Whisk together the flour and cocoa powder and set aside.

In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk butter, sugar until creamy. Whisk in egg white until it is well combined with butter cream. Then add in the cocoa and flour mixture and mix until well combined.

Spoon dough into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe dough into whatever design you desire.

Bake at 180C for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies).