Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies – 12 Days of Christmas Cookies #9

Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies | A Dutchie Baking

I know, I know, I’m late with this recipe! But, I got caught up in Christmas business and some anxiety attacks so I’m sure you’ll understand ūüôā This cookie uses the same dough as the previous recipe¬† but features a different filling: dark chocolate and salted peanuts – mmm.

Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies | A Dutchie Baking

Using one dough with several fillings is perfect for Christmas of course – you can serve loads of flavors so that everyone can find something they like. I like using salted peanuts in combination with chocolate because the salt brings out the chocolatey flavor. You can use the same principle for hot chocolate by adding a pinch of salt, trust me, it will change you chocolate life!

Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies | A Dutchie Baking

These cookies are also great to serve with some (vanilla or chocolate) ice cream, or even to make mini ice cream sandwiches with for a cute and easy Christmas dinner dessert!

Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies | A Dutchie Baking

Salted Peanut and  Chocolate Cookies Recipe

For 40 cookies

Ingredients:

175 grams plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
50 grams sugar
100 grams softened unsalted butter
1/2 egg

60 grams salted peanuts, chopped
50 grams chopped dark chocolate

  1. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add sugar, butter, and the egg. Knead by hand or in a freestanding mixer with paddle attachment.
  2. Add peanuts and chocolate and knead until incorporated (not too long). Shape dough into 2 20cm rolls and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for at least 1 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F. Line two baking trays with baking parchment or Silpat mats.
  4. Cut the dough rolls into 1 cm thick slices and place the cookies on the baking trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes. In an airtight box, these cookies will keep for up to 3 weeks.

 

Coconut Pistachio Cookies with Orange – 12 Days of Christmas Cookies #8

Coconut Pistachio Cookies with Orange | A Dutchie Baking

It isn’t properly Christmas until you’ve baked Christmas cookies right? Well, I thought I’d add to my 12 days of Christmas Cookies series today with a slightly exotic variety! You can add all sorts of ingredients to this cookie dough, so feel free to experiment! Baking time stays the same. Tomorrow I’ll post a peanut and chocolate variety so look out for that.

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A few tips: you can use orange juice as a substitution for the orange liqueur, although I prefer using Cointreau. If you want, you can keep some of the grated coconut aside to sprinkle on top before baking. These cookies will keep for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container!

Coconut Pistachio Cookies with Orange | A Dutchie Baking

Pistachio, Coconut and Orange Cookie Recipe

Source: based on a Dr Oetker recipe

For 40 cookies

Ingredients:

175 grams plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
50 grams sugar
100 grams softened unsalted butter
1/2 egg

60 grams grated coconut
2 tbsp orange liqueur
zest of 1 orange
50 grams chopped pistachios

  1. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add sugar, butter, and the egg. Knead by hand or in a freestanding mixer with paddle attachment.
  2. Add grated coconut, liqueur, zest, and pistachios and knead until incorporated (not too long). Shape dough into 2 20cm rolls and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for at least 1 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F. Line two baking trays with baking parchment or Silpat mats.
  4. Cut the dough rolls into 1 cm thick slices and place the cookies on the baking trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes. In an airtight box, these cookies will keep for up to 3 weeks.

 

Frisian Pepernoten Recipe

Frisian Pepernoten Recipe | A Dutchie Baking

I have posted traditional pepernoten on the blog before, but I thought I might do something special today: Frisian pepernoten! These pepernoten¬†hail from my home province of Frisia (Frysl√Ęn) and what makes them different is the aniseed flavor. I LOVE aniseed as it always reminds me of home and bakeries we used to visit when I was a kid. Frisians love their aniseed!

Frisian Pepernoten Recipe | A Dutchie Baking

As you might know, pepernoten are like mini cookies which are eaten coming up to and during the feast of Saint Nicholas, our version of Christmas where Saint Nicholas (who is the inspiration for Santa) hands out presents to children by traveling across roofs on a white horse and having his helper Pete travel through the chimney to place the presents in children’s shoes (sound familiar?).
  Frisian Pepernoten Recipe | A Dutchie Baking

If you’re looking for a fresh alternative to the usual¬†speculaas-spice-heavy pepernoten, these Frisian ones are the perfect option. I like to dip mine in tea or chocolate milk, but they are scrumptious all on their own. Enjoy!Frisian Pepernoten Recipe | A Dutchie Baking

 

Frisian Pepernoten Recipe

Recipe source: What’s That Smell

Ingredients:

75 grams light brown sugar
125 grams self-raising flour
125 grams plain flour
4 grams baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons speculaas spices
1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed
1/4 teaspoon salt
150 grams honey
2 tablespoons milk

some sunflower oil to grease hands with

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/390F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment or a Silpat mat.

2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Measure honey out in a microwaveable bowl and heat for about 25 seconds on the highest setting in the microwave. Pour honey into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix it in. Add the milk and knead by hand until everything is well incorporated. If the dough is too crumbly, add a bit more milk.

3. Grease your hands with some sunflower oil and roll little balls, about 6 grams a piece, or marble sized, out of the dough. You’ll be able to fill about 1 1/2 baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes (keep an eye on them!). They will keep for a few days in an airtight container.

Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart

Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart | A Dutchie Baking

It’s that time of year again to eat too many pepernoten, inhale speculaas cookies and gain a pound in chocolate: yup, Sinterklaas is in the country! I’ve been seeing the most delicious Sinterklaas bakes by fellow bloggers on Instagram (I swear I spend too much time on Instagram these days, I’m addicted..), amongst which a speculaas cream tart topped with traditional Sinterklaas treats (“strooigoed”) by Rutger Bakt, the first winner of Dutch Bake Off. I was thoroughly inspired and decided to bake my own version!

Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart | A Dutchie Baking

Speculaas spices, which are used in the pastry cream, are most delicious, a bit similar to pumpkin spice or mixed spice but slightly different. You can make your own blend, for example following this recipe. There are many variations to be found though, so find out which one suits your taste best! I find speculaas goes really well with chocolate, so I used cocoa powder in my pastry dough, but you can also use a vanilla version of the dough if preferred.

Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart | A Dutchie Baking

Strewn on top of this tart are traditional Sinterklaas treats, also known as “strooigoed” (throwing treats). Throwing, because Sinterklaas’s helpers, his “Petes”, are known to throw them at children when visiting schools or community centers. Yup, kids eat it off floors! I suppose it’s good for their immune systems, but I’m sure Americans would freak out over it. Don’t worry, no one ever died from eating a pepernoot off the floor ūüėČ You can bake your own pepernoten and cover them in chocolate, or buy sweets online or even at a specialty Dutch store. When you don’t feel like doing all that, the tart is delicious without the “strooigoed” as well and will give you sufficient cozy¬†Saint Nicholas Eve feels. Best served with a steaming mug of hot chocolate!

Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart | A Dutchie Baking

 

Recipe Saint Nicholas Speculaas Tart

Tools: 35×11 cm tart tin (or tin with equivalent dimensions – you might have to do a bit of math!), baking beans, baking parchment, rolling pin, pastry brush, piping bag

Ingredients

P√Ęte Sucr√©e au Chocolat (Pastry Dough):

90 grams icing sugar
25 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
120 grams soft unsalted butter
2 grams salt
30 grams almond flour
1 egg
210 grams plain or pastry flour

75 grams white chocolate, chopped

Speculaas Pastry Cream:

400 ml full-fat milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1/2 seeds of a vanilla pod
4 egg yolks
100 grams castor sugar
40 grams flour
2 teaspoons speculaas spices

Topping:

Sinterklaas treats/candy to taste

1. To make the pastry dough, sift icing sugar and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add butter, salt and almond flour and mix until well combined on low speed. Add egg, mix until incorporated. Add flour and knead or mix until just incorporated. Wrap dough in clingfilm and leave to chill for at least 1 hour.

2. In the meanwhile, make the pastry cream. Pour 375ml of the milk and the vanilla extract or seeds in a saucepan. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Bring milk to a boil, pour into the other ingredients while continuously whisking. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a boil while whisking. Leave to cook for about 1 minute, then take off the heat and cover the top of the cream with clingfilm. Leave to cool.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F.

4. Grease the tart tin. Roll the chilled dough out into a rectangle large than the tin. You’ll have a bit of leftover pastry which you can use to make chocolate cookies or to make some smaller tarts, so don’t roll the pastry too thick. Cut the overhanging pastry away. Chill the pastry base for at least 30 minutes. Prick the bottom of the case all over with a fork. Line the base with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes, then take the baking beans and parchment out and bake for another 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool.

5. Melt 75 grams white chocolate au bain marie. Use a pastry brush to brush the whole pastry shell with white chocolate. This will keep the shell from going soggy. Leave to set (you can do this in the fridge.

6. Fill a piping bag with large round nozzle with the pastry cream. Stir the pastry cream first if it has gone very firm). Pipe the cream into the pastry shell. Top with Sinterklaas treats and candy. Best served on the same day. Enjoy!

Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie

Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie | A Dutchie Baking

I’d been toying with the idea to make a hot water crust pie for a while, as I always love those Victorian looking, exquisite pies I always see on the Great British Bake Off and in historical recipe books. I also think it’s fascinating that hot water crust pastry goes against almost everything a baker is taught about pastry, namely that you should keep all of the ingredients as cold as possible to get a flaky result. I wouldn’t say hot water crust pastry is the flakiest of all the pastries but it is certainly not tough! What an eluding concept..

Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie | A Dutchie Baking

If you’re a vegetarian like me, I’m sure you’ll appreciate seeing one of these pies without it involving any game, or pork, or beef, or (God forbid) eels. Traditional hot water crust pastry also uses lard, which is pure pork fat. Well, that ain’t getting into my kitchen anytime soon (yuck!!), so I’ve come up with a delicious forest-inspired autumny filling, and instead of lard, I’m using the more appetizing sounding substitute of butter. I swear it tastes just fine, you can’t go wrong with butter.

Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie | A Dutchie Baking

You might have noticed an unusual ingredient in the recipe, namely lemon pepper. You don’t h√°ve to use it, but it’s utterly delicious I can tell you. When I was living in Sweden, this interesting spice was found in every supermarket and even though it’s apparently very good with roast meat, it does very well with earthy veggies as well. It gives a little tang at the end which is very pleasant. You could also use regular pepper and a tiny bit of lemon zest.

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Do you ever make (vegetarian) hot water crust pies? What do you put in them?

Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie | A Dutchie Baking

Recipe Mushroom Hot Water Crust Pie

Tools: 20cm pie tin lined with baking parchment, rolling pin, pastry brush, (optional) leaf cutters

Ingredients:

Hot Water Crust Dough (Paul Hollywood recipe):

330 grams plain flour
70 grams strong white bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
150 grams unsalted butter, melted
170 ml boiling water
1 egg for brushing

Filling:

50 grams unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
650 grams (mixed) mushrooms, sliced
200 ml whipping cream or double cream
1 egg
1 vegetable stock cube
1 laurel leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
15 grams cornstarch, dissolved in a little bit of water
1 large potato, peeled and diced
125 grams frozen or fresh green peas

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
  2. First, prepare the filling. Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan. Sautee onions and garlic for a few minutes.
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and saute until they have significantly shrunken in size. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the peas, and cook the mixture until it is nice and thick. Turn the heat off and stir the peas in.
  4. Now make the hot water crust pastry. Start by combining the dry ingredients in a¬†bowl. Pour the melted butter and boiling water into the bowl and start mixing with a wooden spoon. Once the mixture is cool enough to work with your hands, knead into a dough (don’t overknead!).
  5. Roll a little more than half of the dough into a large circle to fit the bottom of the tin. Leave any overhanging pastry where it is (in fact, you need a bit extra!). Pour the filling into the pie casing. Next, roll most of the remaining dough into another disk a little larger than the top of the pie tin. Brush the edges of the overhanging pastry (which you left for this purpose) with a bit of egg, then place the disk on top and push the pastry together. If you want, you can crimp the pastry, use a fork to make indentations, or simply cut away the edges. Use the leftover pastry to make decorations on top. Brush top with egg.
  6. Bake pie for 45-50 minutes. Leave to cool completely before turning out or serve from the tin if preferred.