May this really short post serve as an inspiration in case you don’t know what cookies to make for Valentine’s Day. They are super easy, you just have to prepare a piping bag with basic royal icing that we will use as foundations so the volumes do not sink, and then cover it with red icing. If you want to go overboard, use a bit of glitter to perk them up.
This time, the dough is not as white as usual, using muscovado sugar instead of the normal granulated one, gives cookies a beautiful golden colour and a wonderful flavor.
That said, and for those who celebrate it, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thank you very much, dear Gloria!
If you ever come to Málaga, you can’t leave without visiting ‘El Pimpi’, walk along Larios street, through the park, etc. and of course, without having tried the ‘locas’ (crazy). No, not us. It is an elaboration made with very modest ingredients whose mixture results extraordinarily delicious. When you get a hold of a ‘loca’, you know that it contains custard cream covered by two layers of puff pastry and coated with ‘something’ orange. A mystery.
I was so intrigued that I went to ‘La talega’ bakery, (located behind the Clínico, do not miss it as there is no one as sweet and lovely as my friend Yoli), and with that innate self-confidence of mine, I dared to ask her about the puzzling cover of the ‘locas’. She gladly gave me the recipe and didn’t lose her temper even though I showered her with questions via Whatsapp. It is a bit further down, when I stop telling you all this drag. And, as we are celebrating Valentine’s Day this week, why shouldn’t they be heart-shaped instead of plain round?
As I have never made puff pastry in my life (May God and Luis Olmedo forgive me) I just went to the supermarket and bought a frozen sheet. Needless to say that I am really looking forward to the online course that Luis is going to give in our Tallerería in a few weeks.
Let’s continue. Cut the puff pastry with a heart cutter and bake it.
We prepare the custard cream in a saucepan, with the following ingredients:
1/2 liter of milk
80 grams of sugar
2 egg yolks
30 grams of white flour
1 tsp. vanilla
We mix everything with a mixer and then heat in the saucepan stirring constantly.
Now is the turn of the ‘locas’ coating, a delicious egg yolks cream made with:
250 ml of water
150 grams of granulated sugar
150 grams of icing sugar
40 grams of cornstarch
3 egg yolks
In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil; in the meantime, mix icing sugar with the cornstarch and then add it to the syrup, stir well and let it thicken a bit.
Remove it from heat for about 10 minutes so the mixture cools down. Then add the egg yolks, previously whisked, so they do not curdle. Mix everything until the yolks are fully incorporated and then take it to the heat again, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
If you’re using free-range eggs, your coat will have a beautiful orange colour. If not, we will use a little bit of orange food coloring to give it that extra kick. If we are making these for Valentine’s Day, instead of orange, we will use red, as tradition dictates.
When both creams are cold, we start assembly the dessert, putting the custard cream between the two puff pastry hearts, coating it with the egg cream, and decorating it with a piece of candied cherry.
Last thing to do is to coat the egg cream with another syrup made with water and sugar; the proportions are 2 parts of sugar per 1 of water. Heat it and cover the ‘locas’ with it.
Thank you very much, dear Gloria!
Most of my friends refuse to listen to the music that I nicely suggest to them; “Miriam, another one of those weird groups of yours please NO”. Then, they go to see Alejandro Fernández, and I when I say ‘see’ it’s because I seriously doubt they go just to listen to him.
I am not a quitter, and that is why this summer I dragged Estíbaliz and Belén to a concert of Los Niños Mutantes using three arguments: private, terrace, catering. Believe it or not, they liked it. Then, I felt uplifted and when they least expected it we already had the tickets and necessary bookings for the Alhambra Sound Festival. ‘A list on Spotify, please, at least we need to know a couple of songs’. A month later, they were unable to tweet without using Marc’s lyrics. Now, the three of us are #bigfans.
Sidonie is about to release a new record; I don’t think you can guess how it’s called. It’s been a long wait for Estíbaliz and me, but we have had a great time with the record’s previous promotion in the social media, take a look at their Instagram: http://instagram.com/sidonie_ . That mug passing from hand to hand was begging for cookies. We put our hands to it with the secret hope the group will never get to see them: how embarrassing! The courier could lose them; a community manager with a sweet tooth could eat them…
You will be thinking that one thing is that this blog post doesn’t have a recipe and a different one that we are not going to tell you how we made these cookies. Let’s go!
I will begin with Sierra, which is not a cookie, but four, and in order to make it we needed two cutters, a saw-shaped one and an ‘I’ letter for the closed handle. The tip is also a cutter, you will see it now.
Sierra was easy to find, it appeared on a shop in Barcelona, El Món de la Llar, which sent it to us really fast. We used two different techniques with this cookie, the saw blade was painted and the handle was iced. We wanted to have the saw blade painted and not iced so the cookie would have two levels and more realism. We also wanted it to shine a lot and taste nice. After several blind tastings we decided that the blades that tasted better were the ones painted with metallic colourings, not spray, and they were also the shinier.
The screws are micro cookies cut with a PME #16 tip that I baked and painted one by one. I know, it was a truly act of love.
We searched for Canada for weeks, but we could not find the right candidate. Thank God Gloria found it in California, in this link you can see it even in the Queen Mary: http://statigr.am/tag/galleteroyviajero. The design got complicated too, for our first tests we used colored dough, but it said nothing to us. We tried to paint it in red. Mission impossible! We tried Super Red, Red Red, Extra Red, Poppy Red, in the moment we mixed the gel food colourings with white powdered food coloring to create an edible paint, they turned into sad pink shades…We almost gave up, but looking for Christmas Red for a final try, we found a red powdered food coloring that Esther from Mummy Crafts sent us and which we had totally forgotten about: thank you Esther! And mixing it with a bit of vodka and a bit of Poppy Red: the perfect red paint!
And now that I’ve told you about the cookies, let’s go back to Sidonie, listen to all their records, but please start with Costa Azul, it’s my favourite record.
A big fat kiss,Miriam G.
Valentine’s Day is getting closer; let’s say that I’m not very fond of this saint. I believe more in St. Patrick. So now you know, do not buy me chocolates or write me cute lines on a card, buy me a beer instead. And having said this, let’s go with the cookies. As I have repeatedly said in all our social networks, hopefully not till boredom, they are inspired by a song whose first lyrics are:
“Es el día de la cita te he traído margaritas, del jardín de mi casero: ¡Te quiero!”
En mi garganta – EL incendio, 2009 – Sidonie.
First step is to bake them, and this is not unimportant, take a good look at the daisies, they are cookies too, badly painted on purpose so you could notice it. So we can’t start with the royal icing transfers, or what could be worse, fondant flowers, because these cookies don’t have any of those things.
We have our crunchy cookies freshly baked, what do we do now? Wait until they cool down. I know, it’s not very exciting, but the next step is: to paint directly on the cookies!
What do we need?
- Gin, vodka or any other transparent liquor, and do not tell me you don’t have any, because I saw you having gintonics on Instagram.
- White powdered food coloring, I used Sugarflair.
- Gel or paste coloring, I used Deep Pink from Americolor.
We mix reasonable amounts of the three ingredients, starting with the white powder, and adding more if we need a lighter shade, we stir them until there are no lumps at all, then take a safe food brush, and start painting.
This ‘paint’ dries very fast, an hour in my case: no heating (as you know, that invention has not reached Málaga yet) and with a lot of relative humidity.
The paint for the daisies consists only in gin and white powdered food coloring. If you need a less rustic finish, something more plasticky, you just have to substitute gin for the PME clear spray, which tastes a little worse. This technique has three big advantages: it is very fast, very easy but most of all, it doesn’t add any flavor to the cookies: the ones you see in the pictures have the delicious taste of the generous amount of vanilla bourbon that I used. I never measure vanilla anymore; I am a lavish girl, just flip the jar and let it run.
Go for these! And please feel free to use our Facebook wall to show us the cookies you decorate using this technique.