Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back from vacations!

So yes, I took a little vacation...

And where, you might ask? Well I've been in a very bright warm place, with a lot of food: My kitchen!... That's where I was all this time... Yes, my kitchen is bright, warm (summer+ oven on- ok, make that extra warm), with a lot of food and a lot of work too!

I usually have some fondant cake orders, but honestly I have no idea of what happened 9 months ago (in different years), because everybody seemed to have their birthdays these last weeks!

In between all that fondant, cake batter and fillings I don't know how I still managed to bake these cookies!

LEMON POPPY COOKIE
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 100 gr butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp lemon essence
  • 1 lemon (peel)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • sugar for sprinkling

Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the egg yolk, lemon peel and lemon essence and beat more until they're completely incorporated in the butter-sugar mixture. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and the poppy seeds, and add to the first mixture. Mix just until all comes together. Form a ball, wrap in cling film and take to the fridge at least 2 hours. When it's time to use roll the dough and cut with cookie cutters. If you're making the sandwiches, cut a small circle in the middle of half the cookies and sprinkle those with granulated sugar. Bake at 180ºC (350ºF) until it's lightly golden brown.

The cookies were great by themselves, but sandwiched with the leftover Raspberry Curd from last month's Daring Baker's Challenge, they were even better! Here's the recipe again:

RASPBERRY CURD
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 120 gr (4.2 oz) sugar 2 egg yolks
  • 60 gr (2 oz) butter cut into small cubes
  • ½ lemon (juice)

Cook all ingredients on a bain-marie until it thickens and boils for about 5 minutes. Let it cool.

See? Great with or without filling! I always fill a bit of remorse when I eat a sandwich cookie, because that's eating 2 cookies while you think you're only eating one... But you know what? Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?

You can have this last one if you want! Enjoy!

45 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Welcome back!! What a tasty destination :-D

The Blonde Duck said...

I often go to my kitchen for vacation. But my creations arent nearly as tasty as yours.

Kerstin said...

What cute little cookies - they look very tasty! My favorite way to relax is to play in the kitchen too!

Kat said...

Those cookies look delicious! I know what you mean about birthdays. My boyfriends family have 5 birthdays in July and 4 of them are in the same week one after the other. Its hectic!

Reeni♥ said...

What delicious little treats these are with that raspberry curd! You are so funny - I'm glad your back from vacation!

Bob said...

Glad you're back. :) Those cookies look amazing!

Katrina said...

Now you need a vacation from your vacation! ;)
Me Want Cookies! They look tasty!

noble pig said...

Gla you are back. Lovely creation, they look delish!

Stacy said...

I think I speak for everyone when I say we missed you!!!! I might have to give these a try. I honestly have never had anything like them, but they look pretty delicious!!

morgana said...

Desde luego sí que te has ido de vacaciones a un lugar "cálido, sí..." ;-)

Me has dado en unos cuantos de mis "pendientes": hacer algo de limón con semillas de éstas y aprender a hacer algún curd.

Ni que decir tiene que las galletas tienen una pinta impresionante.

Hay que ver, cómo es la gente, cumpliendo todos los años a la vez y tú sin dar abasto para hacerles las tartas... ;-) Seguro que todas son preciosas.

Muchos muchos besos.

Anna said...

That's a beautiful cookie, and I like that the filling is made with raspberry curd instead of just jam. I wonder if I could make that same curd with blueberries? I have a bunch. Also, the cookie dough looks like Linzer dough which is sometimes made with cooked yolks.

Adam said...

I missed you like the desert misses the rain :) Glad to see you are back, and still making great cookie imaginations!

Marta said...

Oh they are cute!!!!
I'm glad you sneaked away from the fondant to make these, they are perfectly adorable!
Kitchen-vacations are the best :)

Docinhos e Miminhos da SweetSofia said...

Olá.. adorei o teu blog tens coisas fantásticas!!.. Vim cá ter por sugestão da Talita.. o que eu andava a perder!!!.. Escrevi em português porque sei que és de cá.. beijinhos

CookiePie said...

Those cookies are so pretty! And I love lemon and raspberry together - yum!

Talita said...

Oi, Rita! Os cookies parecem deliciosos! Uma pena não encontrar mais semente de papoula por aqui.
Já postei sobre o seu blog, querendo ver é só dar uma passadinha no Chocorango.

Gina said...

Rita, também vim aqui por sugestão da Talita e adorei seu blog.
Muito criativo, parabéns!
Já vou adicionar.
Bjs.

lisamichele said...

They're like lemon poppyseed linzer tarts. Such a great flavor combo, and so perfectly pretty. Also, your photos are beautiful!

Natashya said...

Gorgeous! Everything you make looks so perfect. Do you need my address for that last cookie?

Selba said...

Good to see you back again :)

Yummy cookies!

Barbara Bakes said...

The cookies look great! I especially love the idea of raspberry curd!

Vera said...

These look super-delicious, Rita!

Cakebrain said...

I'm glad you were able to do what I like to do on vacation (spend time in the kitchen!) I like the look of that cookie! The filling looks so vibrant!

linda said...

You're a real baking machine!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Welcome back! I can't even begin to imagine how hectic it must have been! Any pictures for us?

Lisa said...

Welcome back! delicious looking cookies (as always)!

Ingrid said...

I'm having a vacation out of my kitchen and off my computer and its not intentional.

Your cookies look good but its the curd I'm anxious to try!
~ingrid

Paula Pacheco said...

Hello Rita, I would like to know, if you speak portuguese???

Paula :)

bentayga con sabor said...

Que bien te quedan siempre las galletas,tienen una pinta inmejorable.

laviana ( Fely) said...

madre del amor hermoso!!! estos cookis son un verdadero pecadooooo...

Me encanta tu blog.... besos wapa.

Y said...

Those are so cute. I wonder how many I could fit into my mouth at one time :D Hope you enjoyed your little vacation!

♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ said...

Welcome back CC. Hope you had a great vacation. Hope I'm not too late for that last DELICIOUS cookie. It's yum, & at least I can gather some crumbs!!! Mmmmmmmmmm!!

Zita said...

Glad you're back, pretty and fancy cookies...just send me a stack please ;)

Lina said...

welcome back from vacations. those cookies look devine~

Emily said...

Welcome back! Those cookies look very tasty. And yes, you're right. There are a ton of birthdays lately!

Suzana said...

Férias é palavra que não entra no meu léxico por estes dias... As bolachinhas têm um óptimo ar e ficam muito bonitas com o docinho de framboesa!

Bj e continuação de boas férias! ;-p

Ana said...

Hola Rita!!! Menuda pinta la d estas galletas y el curd de frambuesas... llevaba días dándole vueltas a algo similar y ahora tu me has ayudado... las galletas deliciosa y preciosas...

Besos...

Mar said...

Delicious cookies! I love cookies, eating and making...
A kiss

veron said...

These look wonderful and glad to have you back!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are wonderful, Rita! And with a touch of raspberry they become even more irresistible, yum!

FFichiban said...

Oohh what a great vacation destination! I want to go there too ^^! I am assuming there is a cookie/cake/fondant/dessert buffet XD?!

These cookies look soo tasty and the red of the curd is shiny and very alluring mmmm

Maria said...

Such pretty cookies!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

You are full of surprises. When I first saw those, I thought they were just Linzer Tarts (which I love, so I wasn't complaining). I see you made something else entirely after reading the post. Lemon, poppy, and raspberry are a wonderful combination.

Glad you enjoyed your kitchen vacation.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Welcome back Rita! What a great way to signify that you're back with these gorgeous cookies :D

AJ said...

Those look stunning! I'm so enjoying your photography; many thanks for the little "vacation" I just took to your blog.