If I had a magic wand, I’d love to spend the day inside pastry chef Natasha Picowitz’s head. She’s the creative genius behind legendary recipes such as her Tater She Tots cake. peanut butter misoand potato and radicchio tartWhat a trip! As Elizabeth Gilbert said, “To live like this, to continually and stubbornly draw out the hidden gems within oneself, is an art.”
Lucky for you, it’s Natasha’s first cookbook. more than cake, came out this week. It’s full of mouth-watering recipes and fun family stories. One of my favorite hers is her chocolate her chips her cookies. How to make…
brown butter, buckwheat and chocolate chunk cookies
from more than cake
30 minutes of active time. Inactive hours of the day
Makes 15 large cookies
225g unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour + 3 tablespoons (145 g)
1/2 cup buckwheat flour + 2 tablespoons (75 g)
1/2 cup and 3 tablespoons (140 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (135 g) dark brown sugar
2 eggs (100 g), room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
100 g (about 3/4 cup) coarsely chopped dark chocolate
70 g (about 1/2 cup) coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
1 2.1 oz (60 g) dark chocolate bar
flaky sea salt
Make brown butter. Bring the butter to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. The froth will burn out as the milk solids begin to settle to the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat. When the milk solids are a deep mahogany color, let sit for another 4-5 minutes, and when the air smells sweet and nutty, remove the pan from the heat. Carefully pour the liquid into a small bowl and scrape up any brown milk solids on the bottom of the pan.
Toast the flour. He preheats the oven to 300°F (150°C). Spread the all-purpose flour and buckwheat flour onto a large ovenproof skillet or baking sheet and toast for 10-15 minutes. Let stand until completely cooled. (This can be done up to 2 weeks in advance and can be stored until ready to use.)
Cream the butter. Once the brown butter is soft and not sticky, add 145g (about 2/3 cup, see Tip 1) of the butter to a stand mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) fitted with a paddle. To do. Cream the butter on medium-high speed until fluffy and smooth, white in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape butter into a small bowl and set aside.
Dissolve the sugar in the eggs. Switch to the whisk attachment (or continue using a hand mixer). In the same bowl (no need to wash), combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and eggs and whisk until lightened in color and doubled in volume, 4-5 minutes. of butter and vanilla and mix on medium-low speed for about 1 minute.
Prepare the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together toasted flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Place the dry ingredients into the mixer bowl and paddle on low speed for about 10 seconds until half blended. When the dough becomes streaky, add chopped chocolate and a spatula and mix.
Let the dough ripen. Transfer the dough to an airtight container. Refrigerate for 24 hours before baking.
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare skillet. To bake in batches, place parchment paper over 2 or 3 half-sheet molds and lightly mist paper with cooking spray.
Mold the cookies. Scoop chilled dough into tangerine-sized plump balls (aim for 65-70 g each). You should get about 15 cookies. Transfer cookies to molds, about 4 inches (10 cm) apart. Break the chocolate bar into 2.5 cm (12 to 15 inch) long pieces and press a few to the surface of each ball. Sprinkle liberally with flaky sea salt.
Bake cookies. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until cookies are golden brown and center is puffy. Remove from the oven and tap the sheet pan firmly on the counter to force the cookie down. Allow the cookie to cool completely on the sheet pan. Store wrapped cookies at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
*There are about 3 tablespoons of brown butter left.
** Butter- and sugar-rich cookie dough needs at least 1-2 days (up to 4 days) to “ripen” in the refrigerator. Resting the dough hydrates it. This means that the flour will absorb the water from the butter and eggs. This translates into excellent cookies that are crisp on the edges and soft on the inside.
PS The most fun host gift and funny dessert game. Plus a week of Natasha outfits.