Friday, June 22, 2012

FFWD~David’s Seaweed Sablés

David’s Seaweed Sablés
This week our recipe is for Seaweed Sablés. I was prepared not to like these cookies…PLEASE…Seaweed? Really??  I however thought, nothing ventured nothing gained.  With that in mind I sent my husband to the store to buy me the Nori! Since I have never bought Nori before, I really didn’t know what to expect.  I told my husband where to find the Nori, next to the Tofu. That’s where my grocery store stocks it! Good thing I pay attention to things like that because, the stock person didn’t know where it was or what it was!  I didn’t expect it to cost as much as it did, 8 dollars for a package. Wow! And I’m not even going to like them!  What we do for Dorie and French Fridays!
These cookies are from David Lebovitz.  Dorie writes that classic sablés are being made all over Paris with untraditional add ins such as olives, cheese, bacon, cracked spices or seasoned salt.  So, I thought these Seaweed Sablés are Tres Chic!! I still didn’t think I would like them!
Tres Chic
Our summer here has come in with a bang. Not even the end of June and we’re having a heat wave! So on this very hot day, I went into the kitchen and whipped up these cookies.  My butter was softening much too fast. I worked quickly creaming the butter with the Nori, fleur de sel, confectionary sugar, egg yolk, and A/P flour. The dough came together easily. I rolled it into logs and refrigerated overnight.
In the morning, with our heat wave going strong, I turned on my oven to bake these Seaweed Sablés. They really looked pretty good when they came out of the oven. With some trepidation, I decided to give one a try! And then another, just to be sure! They were really delicious! I think they would be lovely served with a glass of wine or some iced tea. Or, like they do in France, served with cocktails while waiting for the main course!  I’ll definitely make these again. I loved the sweet, salty thing going on! Who knew? Dorie!  Happy Friday Everyone!!

The recipe for these sablés can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.  To see what other Doristas are doing with these wonderful little cookies check it out here!



Just out of the oven
So this is what I did on this very hot day….However,  I was drinking Ice Tea!!
Look at all that very expensive seaweed in those cookies…who knew?

30 comments:

  1. They look beautiful:) You always do such a fantastic job on your cooking projects. I am glad you enjoyed these cookies. I had no idea seaweed was soo expensive. Have a great weekend:)

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  2. I would never imagine for these to taste good, so I'm glad the outcome was good. They sure do look good!

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  3. I'm so glad these were a hit...maybe I shouldn't have chickened out! They look perfect :)

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  4. I didn't like these but after reading several posts from people who did I'm feeling left out! Yours look delicious!

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  5. Once again you speak of things I have never-ever even heard of!! Shows you what I know about baking, but I sure enjoy your posts and your pictures on this project were great!!! Excellent post xoxo

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  6. I really wanted to like these...I've been so surprised by some of the flavor combinations we've tried, but this just didn't do it for me.

    We've had such an unseasonably cool spring in SoCal that it was warmer in Portland - go figure! The last thing I expected was to come home from Portland with a tan.

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  7. It's fun reading everyone's reactions to these :-)
    It has been crazy warm here too - 100 F yesterday. In the Adirondacks... Not normal!

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  8. The effort in spite of the heat was worth it. You liked them and they look perfectly round and speckled! Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  9. Your cookies look fantastic. Very expensive seaweed worthy!

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  10. I had the opposite experience, I was actually prepared to like these, I used to buy the seaweed crackers they sell at Whole Foods and I loved them. These, not so much. Who can figure it out.

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  11. They do look very good! I'm surprised at the price of dried seaweed! I will give them a try sometime, I think they would be good with a glass of ice tea;-). We had rain today and it's cold, strange for us this time of year.

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  12. Mmm these biscuits have been popping up everywhere :)
    They look so delish!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  13. I am with you Kathy - these were really delicious. Ouch, that nori was gold-plated - I think it was around $4 here. Love your sunny photos. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Seaweed in cookies??! Wow - that is a creative and very interesting recipe.

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  15. Kathy, I'm actually very excited about your liking these - they just weren't my cup of iced tea, as you know. Thinking it over, they would be a novelty if you served them at a cocktail party or even on a cookie plate with a sweet dessert like I did. I think I would have liked better the version that David originally made, with the nori mixed with the salt. Couldn't we make our own? Don't you love reading Elizabeth Berg? I've read so many things she's written but I haven't read "Home Safe".

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  16. I really liked these little guys too and it was a total surprise! The nori was spendy here in WI as well, I wonder what else we can do with it? There were like 12 sheets in the package and I only used up two. Your pics are lovely and I haven't read that book - is it good summer reading fare?

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  17. I liked them as well but they were a tough sell to the others in my house. They enjoyed the one I made them eat but weren’t itching to take another which says something. Just not sure what. I think a good book would have helped!

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  18. Kathy, a ton of beautiful pictures of your delicious looking seaweed sablés - it is very nice that you liked them so much. The seaweed is also quite pricey here and it was a lot of fun making these sablés because I was so curious about how they would taste but I must say that I found them too sweet, not bad, just too sweet with the lovely seaweed.

    Have a (hopefully) cool weekend!

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  19. Lovely photos. I have been having fun making tarts with all the fresh fruit so I make sure I can turn the oven on early in the morning before it gets too hot. I enjoyed these little cookies too, but Tricia thought they had a fish after taste.
    Have a great weekend.

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  20. These look delicious and sound interesting. I'll have to give them a try. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. Is it wrong that I had my kids taste them first? I wasn't sure that I really wanted to commit to them, but they ended up being a hit!

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  22. Seaweed! I am very intrigued! This sounds delicious!

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  23. I'm glad you liked them so much! That is what's so fun about FFWD - trying things you think you won't like and then being pleasantly surprised!

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  24. I love seaweed! Even made some cake rolls with them ;-) Those cookies look and sound fantastic!

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  25. Intriguing indeed. I'd love a nibble:)

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

    P.S. When you get a chance, you could send me your email address so I can send you the letters for the Picnic Game. I think you sent it to me but missed adding it to my final list, lol...

    Thanks Kathy, acalenda [at] gmail [dot] com

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  26. Oh my goodness.... can I please have that!

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  27. They look beautiful, Kathy! It sounds like you are having the heat wave that went through here, but right now we are enjoy cool temperatures (70s), so I am doing some baking this weekend to take advantage of it. Hope it has cooled down there for you.

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  28. Kathy they look very pretty and I am sure they taste equally great. Sometimes it is a good thing to put aside our doubts and go for it. We are rewarded in the end!

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  29. Kathy-these yummy seaweed 'patties' is what I call them are indeed, chic, and expensive. A tiny container of seaweed at our seafood section of the super market costs, $3.99...maybe 1/4 lb. at the most. I love seaweed as a a salad with sushi, as the second course.
    You always do such an amazing job with Dori's challenges...nothing surprises me, and the outdoor photo is so refreshing, something spells SUMMER here (the green grass is one)

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