Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TWD: Sablés and a very long Week - End




This week it was Barbara's turn to choose and she chose these cookies that are fast and can easily be decorated for the holidays.
I usually am very optimistic but after this failure I'm afraid I can't bake these kind of cookies without spreading !! (it happened with the world peace cookies and with the molasses ones !)
I made the hazelnuts variation and left a log in the freezer for a quick treat (spread) in the future !
Please visit Barbara for the recipe and the TWDers for more variations.
I'm kind of tired today (for us it is a festive day that remembers the Immaculate Conception of Jesus and the children had a 'bridge' and didn't go to school neither yesterday) because I baked a lot starting from this cake on Friday for a friend's birthday (the recipe is here)


On Sunday it was Anita's sixth birthday so I prepared a lunch with the granparents and made Dorie's Sweet Crust with pastry cream and strawberries.


And yesterday some friends came for a cooking party were they made sandwhiches


and decorated cupcakes


As you can see Anita went for the Carioca Style !!


The cake was a semi disaster because I was baking too many things (in the end I even forgot the brownies on the terrace !) and was too late for it but Anita liked it anyway ! (you can see her body 'fat' as Anita said because it was not dry !!)






20 comments:

Ivy said...

How fun!! The kids must have enjoyed wearing those hats and decorating the cup cakes. T

Susan said...

Sorry the cookies didn't turn out for you. They look good in the photo. Love the chocolate cake! You have been busy! Hope you get a break soon. :)

Tia said...

happy belated to her!!! looks like fun!

Laura said...

Natalia, there must be a problem with either the weight conversion or the butter you use. European butter has less water than American butter, so I think you can try to decrease the butter by an ounce or so, or slightly increase the amount of flour. The world peace cookies spread very little, I am surprised that they didn't work for you (did you compare the recipe from Dorie's site?). I have had the same problem once, I know the recipe has been written wrong, because I tried it twice.

Laura said...

Forgot to say...Tanti Augury Anita!

Teanna DiMicco said...

Hahaha that party is so cute! Happy birthday to Anita!

Engineer Baker said...

How fun! I love weekends full of baking and cooking and friends :) Sorry your sables spread though :(

Clivia said...

You have so many wonderful things going on, a few spreading cookies seems hardly noticeable. Good work!

jillbert said...

Some of my cookies spread too, but they still tasted good. The birthday party looks very fun!

Jennifer said...

I love all of your pictures...and I think Anita is adorable. SOunds like a fun filled weekend. Hazelnut sables sound delicious!!!!

Elra said...

Oh My goodness, Anita is so cute. Happy Birthday t such a pretty girl.

Love everything you made here Natalia.

Bungalow Barbara said...

Thank you for baking along with me this week! My, you've been busy!

I think Laura's comment about the difference between USA butter and European butter is right on target. Butter here is a bit lower in butterfat and that can make a difference in a very buttery cookie like this one! Better luck next time!

Dajana said...

Io ho lo stesso problema con i cookies americani, mi vengono sempre spalmati e sottili. Proverò a seguire i consigli che ti hanno dato. Dimenticavo anch'io che il burro americano è diverso.
Cmq, tanti auguri ad Anita, l'idea del party è bellissima, immagino quanto si sono divertiti i bimbi.
E sì, è stato un weekend lughissimo.

vibi said...

Yeah... I know the feeling... when you need 8 arms and 2 heads! LOL LOL

Love seeing pictures of your oh! so cute daughter!

Great baking Natalia, sablés, cake and all! Brava!

Nina said...

Ciao, Natalia! I am sure your sables tasted delicious--and all your other baking looks fantastic! How much fun for the kids--looks like a wonderful birthday weekend! Happy Holidays!

enza said...

e poi dici a me :)
vabè i biscotti li damo ar gatto, tranquilla.
i consigli ce li teniamo per buoni per la prossima volta e ad anita facciamo tutti gli auguri del mondo da parte di tutto il proiettame-
PS ricordati che baking powder e estratto di menta stanno qui ad aspettarti

Pamela said...

I think your cookies look great, as did everything in the post. Hope she had a great birthday!

nutmegnanny said...

I think the sables look great! I bet they tasted great too:) The little ones look like they have a great time too:)

The Blonde Duck said...

You've been busy!!!

Cakelaw said...

What a great party Natalia! I think your fondant lady is beautiful.