Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Torcettini di Saint Vincent

This month Aparna decided to bake yeasted cookies by "We knead to bake" group. These are soft as well as slightly crispy cookies coated in sugar. The recipe is adapted from A Baker's Tour by Nick Malgieri.



Warm Water-1/2 cup(about 110F)
Active Dry Yeast-11/4 tsp(Instant Yeast-1 tsp)
All-purpose flour-11/2 cups
Salt-1/4 tsp
Lemon Zest-1 tsp
Unsalted Butter-40gms(cold and cut to small pieces)
Sugar-1/3 cup(for rolling the cookies)


Preparation:
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
2. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt for couple of times. Add butter pieces and mix until the flour- butter mixture looks powdery.Add lemon zest to this and mix.
3. Add yeast mixture and mix till everything comes together as a ball.Do not over process/knead.
4. Place the dough in a oiled bowl,see that the dough is well coated in oil.Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise quite a bit.
5. The dough looks puffy after an hour or so. When you pinch off a bit from top you can see the interior looks like honeycomb.
6. Press down the dough and deflate it, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate it for atleast an hour or up to 24 hours.
7. When ready to bake cookies, Lightly roll the dough into a 6" square. Cut  the dough into four strips of equal width using a pizza cutter.
8. Cut each strip to 6 equal pieces, by cutting across, making a total of 24 pieces.
9. Roll each piece into a pencil thick rope about 5" long. Sprinkle little sugar on surface and roll rope on it so sugar crusts the dough uniformly.
10. Form rope into a loop crossing it over before the ends.
11. Place them on parchment lined baking sheets, leaving 11/2" between them. Leave them for about 20 minutes or so till they rise/puff slightly.
12. Bake them at 325F for about 25 minutes, till they are nice golden brown.
13. Cool cookies completely on rack. Store them in air tight containers at room temperature. Makes 24 biscuits.



Notes:
1. Dry yeast can be replaced with 1 tsp instant yeast.
2. To make chocolate torcettini, replace 2 tbsp all purpose flour with 2 tbsp cocoa powder and lemon zest by orange zest. You can add 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder to the flour.
3. Do not knead the dough too much.
4. While making torcettini cutting the dough to 24 pieces is not really needed. Its to get 24 equal shaped dough bits.



35 comments:

  1. It looks nice and perfectly made,lovely clicks as always...

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  2. Yummy cookies, love to munch now..

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    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/04/2-minutes-eggless-chocolate-cake.html

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  3. These looks so yummy. I wish I can have them now

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  4. amazing pictures Reshmi and wow these cookies are super.

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  5. omg, i wana have some of those right now...

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  6. Simple elegant clicks and well done :) Looks so cute and perfect!!

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  7. Perfect looking cookies n awesome clicks!!!great job dear...

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  8. Looks yummy n tempting:)n nice cliks.
    maha

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  9. You have done prefectly Resh,how beautifully you captured them,scrumptious yeasted cookies.

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  10. The cookie look so cute Reshmi..this cookies remind me of the britannias little heart cookies back home..

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  11. Extremely tempting and perfectly made cookies...

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  12. Cute cookies...l like the twisted shape.

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  13. beautiful clicks and cookies..

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  14. so cute cookies and very beautiful clicks...

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  15. ah... beautiful clicks, as usual... lovely!!!

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  16. tempting clicks...love to munch some

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  17. lovely clicks and they are shaped so well..love the sugar on top

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  18. simple but beautiful presentation..

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  19. love the shape im sure its soft..

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  20. Looks so perfect and awesome clicks

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  21. Reshmi the standing torcettini is awesome stunning clicks...1st time here happy following u...when free drop into my space

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  22. Oh ! they look so cute and inviting! Loved it!

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  23. perfectly made I can can feel the sweetness and crunchy flavour just by ur wonderful clicks.

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  24. Very pretty clicks dear! These are something really new to me...

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  25. Such beautiful clicks. Amazing colour and texture
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  26. these look so perfect . great clicks as usual !

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  27. Looks nice. Thanks for posting such an superb recipe. ClickDrink Recipes

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  28. The sugar on the cookies make it look so pretty.........

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  29. Looks so cute,never tried this before,looks lovely

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  30. These cookies look so cute. Great shapes! I would love to try some.

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  31. Awesome... Pictures are also amazing :)

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  32. Wowwwww This looks really yummy...............

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