Dru Tevis is a confections connoisseur. The corporate pastry chef for SoDel Concepts creates unique desserts for the restaurants’ menus and when it comes to family and holiday celebrations, he likes to bake outside the box. Here, he shares a unique cookie recipe that’s sure to pleasantly surprise your guests.
Combine butter, sugar, eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon liqueur and vanilla extract. Next, add flour, baking soda and salt, and mix to combine.
Scoop dough, and generously coat with powdered sugar.
Shake off excess sugar before lining on sheet tray.
Bake at 325 F for 8 to 10 minutes. (If cookies aren’t spreading much by 6 minutes, remove from the oven and lightly bang the sheet tray two or three times, and then return to oven. Avoid pressing down on the cookies, as this will mess up the “crinkling” that happens while baking.)
Olivia Brinton and Sam Ross, the owners of Peach Blossom Eatery in Newark, know a thing or two about baking. This recipe grew from their love of pistachios and traditional pastry styles, Ross explains. The addition of matcha came because they felt so many pastries are overly sweet and the ingredients’ true flavors are lost. The matcha brings both an earthy quality to the flavor and a hint of holiday green. Have a super sweeth tooth? Ross suggests a light drizzle of sugary glaze or honey.
Add flour to the bowl of a food processor. Cut butter into small cubes and mix into flour until butter becomes the size of a bean.
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let sit for 5 minutes. Then stir in the cream, salt, eggs and sugar.
Next, take flour and butter mixture and fold it into the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula until all the dry flour is lightly moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours). Batter can last in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Next, place dough onto a lightly floured surface and dust with more flour. Pound out the dough, then smooth out a 16-by-20-inch piece with a rolling pin.
Fold the dough into thirds, making three layers. Spin the dough 180 degrees and repeat the rolling and trifold process. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. While dough chills, prepare filling.
Mix in food processor until it has a paste-like consistency.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled pastry into a 16-by-18-inch rectangle. Cut into four long strips.
Spread 2 tablespoons of filling down the center of each strip. Roll the dough over the filling and place the seam side down. Use a rolling pin over the strip to help create a stronger seal.
Cut each strip onto five even pieces and then cut three slits in each strip to create the “toes.” Curving them slightly into a half-moon shape, place each pastry on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Allow them to rise in a warm place until they appear puffy.
Brush with egg wash (beaten eggs with a splash of water).
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
If a sugar or honey glaze is desired, brush over pastries as soon as they come out of the oven warm. Dust lightly with matcha powder. Let cool and enjoy.
Delaware Today’s administrative assistant and office “grandmother” Pat Rothermel is one heck of baker. Here, she shares a lighter holiday dessert to balance out those heavy pies and puddings.
This buttery-soft pound cake recipe has been in Pat Rothermel’s family for over 80 years. While delightful on its own, Rothermel says there are many ways to serve it. Add strawberries and whipped cream for a shortcake. For something decadent, pair with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Enjoy your sweets the European way? Turn it into a breakfast treat by warming it in the toaster.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60–90 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes