Bakers without Borders: Maple Marzipan Cookies
Posted by mrmykie
So last week we went over to The Vanilla Duck Bakery for dinner…
Mr Richard was hot smoking some pork belly and chicken on his home-made smoking contraption (OMG the most delicious meat EVER! Have you ever wanted to stick your face in a big hunk of meat and rub it all around? Us neither, until last week). As the smoking thing can take anywhere from four to TWELVE hours(but worth every minute) we had a few hours to spare. We decided to have a little bake in the Vanilla Duck’s kitchen!
Baking somewhere different with whatever you can find is such a fun challenge; like the shopping bag from Ready, Steady, Cook…or the lesser known Stump the Cook segment from The Splendid Table (go listen! Lynne Rossetto Kasper is soooo adorable, I want to hug her…lots).
Here’s what we came up with…
Maple Marzipan Cookies
- 150g Plain Flour
- 80g Butter
- 80g Caster Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Marzipan (of unknown quantity(oops))
- pre-heat the oven to 165ºC (or get whoever’s oven to do it for you!)
- rub butter into dry ingredients
- stir in maple syrup
- shape into a disk, wrap in cling and whack in the fridge for 20 mins
- whilst you wait, roll marzipan into Malteser size balls (you’ll need about 12 so factor this in if you are going to gobble any/many)
- TOP TIP: roll dough thickly (about 1cm) and cut out circles. Though they are spreading cookies, you get a much more even spread and shape if you start from a uniform shape.
- get little Jack Horner and stick your thumb in each cookie to make a little nest for the marzipan balls…then stick a ball in (obv!)
- bake for about 13 mins
We didn’t leave enough room for spreadage so there was a bit of inappropriate touching going on (bad cookies, no means no). Apart from that they were nummy! Lovely maple flavour coming through and that sticky, chewy cookie goodness that makes it super difficult not to wolf them all down (especially when you’re real hungry and can smell meat smoking).