Jul 23, 2011

A recipe for 'Break ups' that don't hurt.

Break ups are fun? 
Always, when they are salted and buttered and has a French touch.
I suppose the only the French know how to break up without, hurting.  And here is a recipe for  that :) This recipe for these buttered French styled break ups is inspired from Around my French Table (Dorie Greenspan). A must buy.

1 and 3/4th cup of all purpose flour
2/3 rd cup of sugar
9 tbsf unsalted cold butter, cut into 18-20 pieces
3-5 tbsf cold water
3/4 tsp of salt
1 egg yolk (only the yolk), for the glaze
  •   Put the flour, sugar in the food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Add the butter cubes and keep pulsing till the mixture looks like a coarse meal
  • With the machine running, add water, one tbsf at a time, till the mixture resembles a dough. A very malleable dough
  •  Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor, you can mix them using your in a big bowl. Keep in mind that the bowl should be big enough to ultimately hold all the ingredients.

  • Wrap the dough in a plastic and refrigerate it for an hour (or up to about two months!)
  • When you are ready to break up, take out the dough and divide into little golf size balls. Roll each into a 1/4th inch squarish shape and place on a baking tray
  • Alternatively, for a more professional touch, using a rolling pin (or for less professionalism, I have used my hands) make a rectangle out of the dough (the recipe says 1/4th inch think, 5 x 11 inches, but I have managed to get a 1/4th inch crude rectangle) 
  • Beat the egg yolk and brush  surface of each square (or the big square if you are going that way) with the egg.
  • With your fork, decorate each (or the entire surface of the big rectangle), in cross hatched pattern
  • Preheat the oven at 350 for 10 mins. Bake the cookie for 35-40 mins or until they are golden. They will be firm to touch and will have some spring in the center
The perfect ones will be firm outside and tender within. The somewhat homey ones (like mine) may even have  burnt edges. Either way the break ups will melt your heart, and won't hurt a bit :)

 Happy eating and healthy living!


Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear JW
How are you? Thats a great recipe and I can only eat it . But if I try to make, it will lead to a definite break up, I am sure.
Have a nice Sunday

The Japanese Redneck said...

Sorry if that means there was a real break up before making these.

Jhonny walker said...


@ Ushnish: The whole point is to be able to break these up :)

@ Ramona: Oh no! I was just making some effort at wordplay. Things are fine :)