Sunday, September 18, 2011

"ugly but good"

is the translation of the name of these Italian confections...

i finally tried this recipe from the Complete Canadian Living Cookbook...
with dark chocolate, these are lactose free, and they lend themselves to a variety of add-ins...
chopped toasted nuts, nougat, dried fruit...
i think they should be called "simple yet fabulous" instead.
using a stand mixer for part two makes it even easier.

Brutti ma Buoni Cookies

4 egg whites
1 C granulated sugar

whisk these together in a double boiler
until the whites are glossy and opaque.
(about 10 minutes)
they needn't be whisked the whole time...
multitask, and chop up:

2 C good quality dark chocolate.

remove the eggwhite/sugar mix from heat, and
beat until cool and thickened
(about 7 minutes)
then gently fold in:

3 T flour
1 t vanilla
the chocolate.

drop by heaping tablespoons onto
parchment lined baking sheets.
bake, 1 sheet at a time, in the centre of a 350 degree oven
for about 25 minutes...
check at 20 minutes, your instincts.
cool on a wire rack, then store at room temperature.

that is it.  a special treat.  just keep an eye on your sneaky housemates.
especially the really short ones.

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