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We have all been there. We have been disappointed, we have made others disappointed, we've made stupid mistakes and witnessed it ourselves. Lately, I've found myself disappointed. More than usually. There are things we cannot do anything about, and it is very hard accepting it sometimes. Like, looking for a new job, but you get rejected by everyone. Or you try to do something right, but the cause called for something else.
I was making cookies/biscuits, whatever you call them, I'll call them cookies (Recipe at the end) Those kinds of cookies that melt in your mouth after one bite, and you feel the sense of joy. Those cookies you worked hard on, those you put your secret ingredients, your soul and heart, in to. It took me an hour to just finish the batter. I was so proud of finally getting down to do it. I had ran to the store twice, because we didn't have eggs, AND we ran out of flour. I had already used all my energy, and when I eventually got to the shaping process... DISAPPOINTMENTS!
It was NOT what I was expecting, it was NOT like I was used to seeing it. Not only did I mess up, but I started feeling like shit because my body couldn't handle the heat coming from the oven. I started getting feverish, I mean come on, who gets feverish because their oven is on?
While I was making the batter, I had overworked it to the point where the heat of my hands had melted the butter. The batter had fully soaked up the melted butter and turned hard. I didn't realize this before after I took it out of the fridge and started working on it. Ugh... What a disappointment. Storm tried to comfort my sad sappy self, and he thought I was really upset because I fucked up the batter. No, I felt hyperthermic, I was overheating, I couldn't do anything that to look sad and stare at the screen in front of me. I eventually got a glass of milk and felt better, so no worries, this happens all the time to me.
In the end, I probably should've called someone with more experience. Someone who could explain to me how to do it right, because I clearly have no experience in baking traditional norwegian cookies.
Next time, I'll call my mom.
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One of "The Seven Sorts"
Traditional Norwegian Christmas Cookies
1 Hardboiled Egg Yolk
1 Raw Egg Yolk
125g Room-Temperature Baking Butter or Margarine
Roughly 175g White Flour
Neatly Chopped Almonds and/or Pearl/Nib Sugar
Hardboil the egg and seperate the whites from the yolk. Cream the hardboiled yolk before adding the raw yolk, mix. Add sugar and whisk until sugar disolves and is thick in consistance. Alternate between adding the room temperatured butter and flour. Mix quickly, and switch to your hands when your whisk/electric mixer can't take it anymore. Make sure you work quick, and when done, cover the bowl with plastic and put it in the fridge for 1 hour (60 min).
Preheat oven to 190°C / 374°F.
Put raw egg whites on one plate, and Pearl-Nib-Sugar/Chopped Almonds on another. Gently whisk eggwhites with a teaspoon of water.
Take a lump of batter from the fridge and leave the rest so it doesn't turn soft and melty. Again, work quickly, rolling small pieces of batter into pinky-thick snakes and shape them like this:
1 is the most common way, and how my mom taught me to do it.
Dip one side into the shape into the eggwash, then the other into the almond/sugar. Place on a lined baking sheet. If the batter is too soft and sticky to work with, put it back in the fridge and replace it with a cold piece. Repeat until sheet is full, then place it in the middle of the oven for roughly 8 minutes, or until edges are turning brown.
Take out, place it on a cooling rack and let it firm and crispen up.
If you have more batter, you'll probably get 3 trays out of this recipe, continue the process.
Don't place the raw batter on a hot sheet, it will melt from the heat, because of the amout of butter in this.
Served cold, not hot, because you want the crunchyness + it melts in your mouth.
If you eat it hot or warm it feels like you're eating the batter.
Room temperature is ok.
Place in glass jar if you make lots, or cookie boxes, I prefer glass jars.
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