World peace. That’s a lot to put onto a cookie, but that’s what cook book author and baker Dorie Greenspan calls this famous chocolate biscuit, crediting Parisian patissière Pierre Hermé with its invention. It is world class, though, so I understand the temptation to hyperbole. This is a meltingly delicious, short and crumbly chocolate cookie that’s worth the calories. The joke in our house (obvious, really) is that it’s so good it causes fights.
It’s decadent without being overwhelmed with gimmicky extras, despite the name. It’s simply a cocoa shortbread with chocolate chips or chunks, treated as a refrigerator cookie dough: i.e., you roll the dough into a long sausage, chill in the fridge, and then slice to bake. It needs good butter, cocoa and chocolate, and a light hand in the mixing; and it must not be over-baked, as the soft crumb is what makes the mouth-feel so extraordinary.
What I also find essential is a sparse sprinkling of flaky sea salt on the top before baking — not too much, not too little. [Read More…]
If you live in or plan to visit Cambridge UK, you may be interested in reading my review of Six Skyline Bar and Restaurant, published in olive magazine. Its views from the sixth floor of the Varsity Hotel are some of the best in the city.