Monday, July 11, 2011
A few days ago on my favorite discussion area at Halfhourmeals.com a fellow baker posted some incredible chocolate chip cookies that were livened up with some orange zest. They sound fabulous and she posted the recipe at her blog, Il Dolce Bacio. I have them down on my list of recipes to try out soon, of course.
But, as I was contemplating them I thought, what about an orange flavored cookie dipped in chocolate? It sounded wonderful. I knew that I wanted a very "pillowy" texture - almost cake like in the interior with a nice firm outside. I also knew that I wanted to rely on real orange flavor instead of resorting to orange extract to hold the flavor line.
So, I got to work in the kitchen. I knew to get the texture I wanted I'd have to use two leavening agents so my cookies would not spread out and flatten after removal from the oven. I also knew that orange zest would play a key role to help maintain the flavor during cooking.
What I hit upon was a wonderful cookie that has a luscious almost cake like interior with a great orange flavor and scent that is very natural with no "artificial" or chemical notes. When dipped in milk chocolate it's a decadent dream!