Smallish bites uptown

December 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

After breakfast at Alice’s Tea Cup, Laura and I continued to buy small bites of food from uptown shops to bring home as a pre-Christmas snack for the family. We stopped by Salumeria Rosi for spicy coppa piccante, where the people working the counter were very generous with their samples. At some point in the future, I think it’d be really nice to settle into the restaurant area with a giant board of cheese, cured meats, and a glass of red wine. I’d also really love to get my hands on some of that porchetta.

We also visited nearby Levain Bakery, known for their enormous, bajillion-caloried cookies. Although we only got their chocolate chip walnut cookie (so buttery and delicious and only about 2/3 baked through so the center was basically cookie dough), next time I’d really like to try their brioche with cinnamon butter.

And finally, we took a nice walk across Central Park from west side to east to pick up some macarons from Laduree, which had changed some flavors since I was there last, adding a citrus passionfruit, black forest, and chestnut pear flavor. We got two gorgeous gift boxes of six to bring home for my parents, who’d never tried them before and absolutely loved nibbling on them with cups of hot tea.

And with that, I wish all of you a happy and delicious holiday!

Salumeria Rosi
283 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
212.877.4801
http://www.salumeriarosi.com/en_ny/home/

Levain Bakery
167 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023
212.874.6080
http://www.levainbakery.com/

Laduree
864 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
646.558.3157
Laduree Shops

Snow days and Snickerdoodles

February 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

The snow has really been pounding down on us here in D.C. This past weekend we got about 2 feet and now, it’s supposed to be another 8-10 inches from what I’ve heard. So, where the heck does that leave me? Baking, reading, catching up on television shows, eating and sleeping. Because I only have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and because this coming Monday is President’s Day, I’ll have had no classfor two weeks! (Yeah, I don’t care if I’m rubbing it in. I’m bound to pay for it later. Maybe evening make up classes?)

And of course, because nothing is better than the smell of sugar, butter, and cinnamon in the oven, and because they were the only ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make snickerdoodles. I don’t bake that often when I’m at home (I think it may be an Asian family thing…not many Chinese recipes require use of an oven), so this was a pretty big achievement for me. Especially since the cookies came out absolutely perfectly – doughy and cinnamon-y – and made the entire apartment smell like absolute heaven.

Snickerdoodles

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (two sticks) butter, salted is fine but make sure it’s at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Beat butter and sugar using an electric whisk until smooth. Beat eggs into the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides and then add vanilla and mix again. Add flour, salt, and baking powder to the mixture, a little at a time, and beat until you have a smooth dough that comes together.  Form into a ball and chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll into 1 inch balls. Coat the balls of dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges start to get slightly browned. Cool and serve.

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