Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fortune Cookies

The Altitude Adjustment Section
Fortune cookies are a really fun project and the homemade ones actually taste good. They are basically tuilles cleverly folded. Here is the recipe from The Family Baker by Susan Purdy. Start by having your fortunes written or typed on small strips of paper.

1/2 cup sifted A.P. flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 room temp egg whites
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
butter for greasing cookie sheet

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Position rack in the center of the oven. Butter the cookie sheet. Using a 3-inch diameter glass, trace circles to use as a guide several inches apart. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine all the ingredients and blend till smooth. Drop 1 teaspoon of batter into the center of each drawn circle and spread with the back of a teaspoon or an offset spatula dipped in cold water to form a nice even circle. Make only 3 at a time because working time is short. Each batch must be made on a cold buttered pan. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes; don’t leave the side of the oven. Bake only till the edges begin to turn golden brown. Now you must shape the cookies the moment they come out of the oven. Using a wide spatula, turn the cookies upside down and place the prepared paper fortune in the center, fold cookie in half and then place over the edge of a measuring cup, crimp the cookie in half so it looks like a fortune cookie if you know what I mean, and let cool in a small muffin tin which will help it keep its shape till it crisps up. These will keep well in an airtight tin.