At Thanksgiving, my family has a completely traditional New England dinner with assorted pies. At Christmas, we have an open house with a buffet consisting of whatever anyone wants on it. I am obligated to produce any dessert requested (in advance) by any family member. So far, I've been asked for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Orange Rice Pudding, and Bailey's Irish Cream/White Chocolate Cheesecake, with more requests to come. My personal favorite is Frangelico/dark chocolate mousse. (No traditional fruit pies in this bunch!)
I also do all the appetizers and breads/rolls.
I love cooking for Christmas!
I don't know why but this year I've decided to make lots of miniature desserts instead of a big one. I know it will be a lot more work to do it that way but I've never made lots of petits fours before so it will be good practice.
Here you are. Please be indulgent I had to translate it myself. If you don't understand just let me know and I'll try to explain better.
375g tant pour tant (50% confectionners sugar, 50% almond powder), sifted
5 egg whites
40g butter, melted and cooled
Preheat the oven to 250°C (between 475° and 500°F). Grease with butter a 40cm x 60 cm sheet pan. Line with parchment paper. Grease with butter and floured. Set aside.
Put the eggs and the tant pour tant in the bowl of the mixer. Beat during 10 minutes a high speed or until a ribbon is formed. Transfer to another bowl and reserved.
Beat the whites until stiff. Add the sugar and beat for a minute until dry. Reserved.
Mix the melted butter with the tant pour tant mixture. Then add the flour and mix until just combined. Add 1/3 of the egg whites and gently incorporate. Add the rest of the whites, very delicately.
Using a offset spatula spread the dough in the prepared pan. The biscuit should have a thickness of 3 to 4 mm. Put in the preheated oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until set. You check the biscuit by touching it with the your fingertip. It shouldn't be sticky, but just firm and moist but not dry.
Remove from the oven and slide the biscuit onto a baking rack. Remove the paper only if it is to be use immediately. The biscuit can be frozen with the paper. You can roll it so it will take less room in the freezer.
What a coincidence I am doing the miniature dessert thing this year. Haven't decided on everything yet but my present list include: chocolate tart with a clementine compote, pistachio tart, rum balls, pear amandine. That's all for now, maybe I have more ideas then energy. My list might get shrunk down depending on the energy and available time.
How do you like Sweet Miniature? I recently receive it and in all honesty I am somewhat disappointed. The measurement are sometimes given in grams and ounces other time in cups. All this in the same recipe… At times I also find the instructions confusing. I only tried one recipe so far, the dutch chocolate minicakes. They were enjoyable but next time I plan on using pecans instead of hazelnuts.