Monday, January 12, 2009

The best cookies you'll ever make and cables!

The Tuesdays with Dorie group has yet to pick the World Peace Cookies to make but I had heard about how mind blowing they were via other foodie bloggers. I really wanted to make them. Plus I took my first trip to Penzey's last weekend so I obtained the fleur del sel that I needed to make them, along with more vanilla beans, tandoori spice, crystallized ginger and other random spices.
Friday I took the plunge and pulled out the recipe book. The recipe for World Peace Cookies can be found here but if you don't own Dorie's book "Baking" buy it, it's completely worth it. I softened the butter, I chopped the chocolate, I blended and I refrigerated the dough. By the way, the dough was so good I ate a spoonful before I even baked them. Bittersweet chocolate + fleur de sel = magic. These cookies have a sandy, shortbread like texture and the melted chocolate chunks along with the salt taste so amazing I can't even describe it. It wasn't until I had a Vosges Barcelona bar that I realized how extraordinary of a combination sea salt and chocolate is.I tried to make some knitting resolutions for myself this year. For instance knit a complete pair of socks. I started a pair of socks last August but lost interest. This year I am determined to finish a pair. I also just purchased a pair of these tiny Hiya Hiya circular needles for socks, which I hope will help me instead of turning my hands into useless claws.
I want to knit a sweater that has to be seamed instead of top down, even as much as seaming scares the daylights out of me. Cables have also eluded me in my nearly 3 years of knitting. Finally after my knitting peeps convinced me I could do it I took it I knit an item with cables. It's a coffee sleeve and the pattern is from MissKnityPants via Ravelry via Craftster. I used some leftover Malabrigo. I'm assuming I made the cables correctly. They look right but that doesn't mean they are right.I completed my first finished knitting object on 2009 on Saturday (before the coffee cozy). It's the Bunny hat from Itty Bitty Baby Hats. I took it to the recipient and she liked it a lot. It is super cute. I've already cast on for another one to go to an equally adorable baby girl.


Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to make these cookies too. I bet they were pretty tasty.

Emily said...

Is THAT what those itsy bitsy needles are for - socks? I inherited a bunch of knitting needles from a friend and there were some reeeeally short needles in there. I totally could not figure out what they were for. My world is enlightened.