The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.
We had the option of making either or both the cookies. Now, I've made marshmallows in the past but it's not an experience I want to repeat anytime soon. And I am not a big fan of mallows, those sweet sticky chocolate covered marshmallow cookies, anyway. So I decided to make just the milanos.
Making the cookie was simplicity itself. I divided the recipe by a third, so I first creamed 60 gms butter with 110 gms sugar. Then added 2 egg whites, one at a time, using my hand mixer to blend it in. In went after that 2 tsp each of vanilla and lemon extracts. Yes, everyone thought that was way too much. And although others didn't think so, I thought the end result was too lemony. Finally, I mixed in 1/2 cup of flour.
I then filled this dough in a pastry bag, sniped off 1/4 inch off the end and dropped off rounds of dough. My piping skills aren't great, but I need not worry with this one. When baked at 180C, the cookies spread out to thin perfect rounds (so it's just as well I left so much space in between each). At the end of 10 minute baking time, the cookies were brown around the edges but never got too crisp.
The filling is just a dark chocolate ganache. It was supposed to have orange zest. But with my inherent inability to zest anything, I used Lindt Intense Orange, a dark chocolate that has orange zest already added in.
I haven't had the real milanos so I really can't say if this is the real deal. But I enjoyed them (even though they were too lemony) and so did my friends. Overall, fun but not a challenge. Note to daring bakers : this is getting to be too easy! get daring!
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