Pear and Bleu Cheese Turnovers

I was always a big fan of turnovers. My Dad’s Mom made amazing fried apple pies –  which is a turnover – mostly. She made them with dried apples – not sure why they were made with dried apples but then she fried them in a  – I am not sure what that thing was called – I think it might be an electric skillet. Maybe? Not sure.

D&D_1492That said, when my grandmama came down from Rockingham North Carolina, she made those fried apple pies and they were (are) sublime. My Mom loved them – which was kind of cool because she was a great cook/bakery herself. Sometimes old recipes are the best. Indeed, mostly they are.

I have found a variation of  (chausson aux pommes “apple slippers”*) the fried apple pies that grandmama made and it totally works for me, but I think this new recipe might be just a little bit more interesting. I mean – pears – and then bleu cheese is involved. Although, I think Granny Smith apples would work well too.

1 sheet of puff pastry
1 good sized not over ripe Anjou pear, peeled, cored, and diced
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1 egg, for egg wash, beaten with 1 Tbs water
Raw sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment. Combine pears, lemon juice, cranberries, and bleu cheese in a bowl and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll a sheet of puff pastry into a square, about 11 x 11 inches. Trim back to a 10 x 10 inch square. Using a pizza wheel, cut into 9 smaller squares – oh, lord, math is involved – ugh. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each square. Brush two edges with egg wash and fold pastry into a triangle. Press edges to seal. Transfer to baking sheet and chill 20 minutes.

Once chilled, brush triangles with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar and make a couple of slits for the steam to escape. Bake 25 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm.

* The French make everything sound so much better, damn them. It is also Bastille Day.

Source: Baking Obsession

Lemon Crisps

I do love lemon – I know, I know,  everyone is astonished by this fact right, but there it is.  I honestly don’t think there are too many lemon recipes in the world. I will try to come up with a few if my own. A goal of this year. There we go, me and my lists again. Sigh.

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Lemon Crisp Cookies

You know I have learned a few things about cookie dough over the years and in one case most recently. One thing is particularly important. If the raw dough does not taste good, the cookies (or cakes or whatever) will not taste good either. My mom would have had a hissy fit over this. She was a firm believer in not eating raw eggs*, but I’ve always eaten raw cookie dough. Though she did not know it. I mean, come on, raw chocolate chip cookie dough is kind of way better, in my opinion, than actual baked chocolate chip cookies.

All this said, this dough tastes so good I am not sure I want to make the cookies. That is a huge complement. But I will make these cookies just to see how they turn out.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbs lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt over a piece of waxed paper.

Cream together butter and sugar, then add egg until combined. Add lemon juice, zest, and vanilla. Sift in dry ingredients.

Drop by 1 1/2 tsp size  (or roll into 1 1/2 sized balls – way easier to be more exact) onto parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 10 – 12 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool on sheet for a minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Lemon Icing
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
4 – 6 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Beat together and drizzle over cooled cookies.

Notes:  Snappy little lemon cookies  – what could be better? I honestly have no idea.  But I did top the lemon icing with lemon sugar from King Arthur Flour. Let’s just gild that lily then. These were also so easy to make. I also let them sit in the fridge for a couple of days – no problem. That is my favorite kind of cookie. Easy. Non-fussy.

*This is total bullshit, but at that time eggs – or at least in my mom’s mind,  uncooked eggs were evil. It did not take long to learn that was not real. I did mess with her a bit about that, because I was that daughter, Raw chocolate chip cookie dough – probably my favorite chocolate delivery system, um, ever.

Pound Cake Cookies, or another excuse for a lemon cookie.

This is recipe from My Baking Addiction, a great blog that I look at regularly.

With a couple of small modifications. But that’s me. Can’t help myself. D&D_0858

1 cup sugar
Zest of one nice sized lemon
2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted – a must!
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over waxed paper, sift together all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a bowl, rub lemon zest into sugar. Add to stand mixer with butter, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, lemon juice, and vanilla. Gradually, add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined.

Using a cookie scoop*, place dough about two inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until bottom is golden – which is really a strange way to tell, in my opinion. Allow to cool for a few minutes then move to a wire cooling rack.

Once cookies cool completely, make the glaze of lemon juice and confectioners sugar. Glaze the cookies and let the glaze harden.

26 cookies
23 October 2015  – So much like my lemon sour cream cookies

* I have a cookies scoop, but have no idea how to tell what size it is. How does one go about that? Ugh. But in this case, it worked.