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Chocolate and walnuts cookies

Hi,

It was a long time ago I did my first cookies, but for some reasons or other never end with a record session so I can upload the video. Sometimes there was a problem with the ingredients proportions, specially with the butter which (with that formula at least) to be added in a very exact measure: if not enough was added it did not melt enough in the oven so you get a spherical cookie, it too much was added then they melted too much until join all them in a super big cookie (of the size of the oven tray). With the recipe I present to you this time the result is pretty good and don’t need to worry about being so precise with the butter.

Ingredients (for about 25 – 30 cookies):

  • 500 gr flour
  • 1 lemon (for lemon zest)
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 80-120 gr chocolate
  • 8-12 walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 gr butter

Before preparing the cookies dough we will chop 80-120 gr of chocolate and 8-12 walnuts. Chop both without chopping to the point they became dust. Regarding the walnuts I prefer to use nuts with shell, because I find some of the nuts without shell I bought had rancid flavor.

Now let’s prepare the dough adding on a bowl 500 gr of flour, 100 gr of sugar, 4 eggs (you can whisk them before adding), 100 gr of butter cut in small pieces and out of fridge for some hours so it will be integrated easier in the dough, add lemon zest to add extra flavor, you can replace or add also ground cinnamon, orange zest, vanilla extract (or even rum or Baileys). Finally add the already chopped chocolate and walnuts.

Mix well until everything is well integrated. When you have all the ingredients well integrated, give it a rectangular shape, cover with transparent film and let rest in the fridge for at least one hour. After resting cut the dough in small portions and give them spherical shape working them with your hands. Finally cover the oven tray with oven paper, smash all spherical portions to get a round cookie shape and place on the tray, probably you will need to bake them in several batches. Bake in the oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for 18-20 minutes, and don’t eat them until some hours.

http://alosfogones.com/2013/04/28/galletas-de-chocolate-y-nueces/

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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Atascaburras (ajo arriero)

February 5, 2012 11 comments

Hi,

I’m not able to find a good translation for this recipe, it’s name sound very funny in spanish  involving mules on it. It’s a typical recipe from Castilla La Mancha (region at south of Madrid), and it’s supposed to be discovered by some sheppherds trapped in snow, they had those ingredients, mix together and: voilà!

Ingredients:

  • 300 gr potatoes
  • 300 gr cod without spines and without skin
  • Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Nuts

Hi this is a typical recipe from Castilla la mancha, region at south of Madrid. In a pot with water boiling add the potatoes without being peeled. After 15 minutes add the cod without spines and without skin, cook together with potatoes for 10 minutes, and then reserve without throwing away the water. Once the potatoes are cooked they will be easier to peel, just cut a bit with a knive and it will be easy to remove the skin.

Add 3 garlic cloves on a mortar and grind them. Once the garlic is grinded add potatoes and cod on rounds and continue grinding. If the mix is too dense, add water used to boil potatoes and cod.  When all the potatoes and cod have been grinded add olive oil in rounds, and mix well. Add about 100 ml of olive oil. Cod normally will bring enough salt, but taste it and add more if needed.

Add some nuts and it’s ready to serve. Original recipe also includes boiled egg, but I don’t like too much it so I didn’t include. You can eat this recipe with a spoon or spreading it over toasted bread.

Atascaburras (ajo arriero)

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