Dec 8, 2013

starry cheddar crackers


so, it's sunday evening again... that was quick! well, okay, i wasn't really out and about, let alone in the daylight (cough). i was cooking, baking, prepping. for my first proper (mini) catering, for a fancy christmas cocktail party. oh, and singing at my aunt's birthday party (more coughing). do i sound a bit pathetic? yeah, thought as much... but it was a happy weekend, maybe a bit too much frank sinatra christmas schmaltz, but, you know, since i've officially been dubbed a romantic, i thought i might as well do it justice... 

oh, did i tell you about my latest 'coup'? the fabulous en soie shop (favorite. place. on. earth.) kindly allowed me to borough their dreamy collection of tableware, plates, jugs, vases, table linen, cloth... (you got it!) to take pictures (do you remember this? yeah! that's en soie, too!). three cheers! and a glass of champagne, right my way, please. for those of you who are now green with envy, go here.

starry cheddar crackers
recipe adapted from winter monroe

ingredients:
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh garlic clove, mashed
1 tbsp. rosemary, leaves finely chopped
6 tablespoon unsalted butter, diced
250 g cheddar (i used a yellow, not an orange one), shredded
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons water

directions:
line cookie sheets with parchment paper. preheat the oven to 175 c / 235 f. in a bowl, combine flour, salt, garlic and rosemary. add the butter and process with a mixer until combined. add the cheddar. process in the egg yolk and water until the mixture forms a ball. remove the dough and knead in your hands for a few turns. chill for half an hour if necessary (the dough shouldn't be too soft for shaping). divide in half and put one part in the fridge. roll the other part on a work surface dusted with flour, to about 4 mm thick. cut cookie cutters. chill the cookies like that (outside, hehe) for 30 minutes. spread the cookies onto the sheets and bake for 20 minutes. cool crackers on cooling racks, then store in an airtight container.

plate and candy canes by en soie

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thank you for reading fork and flower. always remember to eat dessert first. because life is short. we gotta embrace each day. xo scarlett