Sunday, December 25, 2011

Orange Spritz Cookies with Swiss Butter Cream Icing and Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!







It may seem like a cookie marathon on my blog right now...but hey you can’t blame me..it’s Christmas!! It is time for sweets to be baked..sweets & sweet moments to be shared with friends family and loved ones.. J
                               
I baked these Orange Sprtiz cookies yesterday. These are Scandinavian butter cookies that are ‘spritz’ or presses through a piping bag or cookie press that’s why the name ‘Spritz cookies’. They have a rich buttery texture and are tender and crisp, can be eaten on their own as is or filled with cream, like I did.

Ingredients

110 grams Butter, room temperature
90 grams Powdered sugar
3 egg Yolks
Zest of 2 lemons (lemons here are rather small)
180 grams flour
2 grams salt


Method:
·        Cream the butter, sugar and the orange zest together until well combined. Add the yolks and mix until combined. Add the flour and salt and mix.
·        Place the soft dough into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe rosettes/flowers onto a sheet/ pan lined with parchment paper.
·        Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
·        Let them cool completely and fill with the orange buttercream.

Orange Buttercream

50 grams egg whites
120 grams sugar
150 grams butter, room temperature
Zest of 1 Orange
Juice of 1 small orange

·        Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Place the bowl over a double boiler. Whisk the egg whites and sugar until the sugar starts to melt and the egg whites appear very white and light, almost like a light marshmallow. It should be very hot to the touch.
·        Remove the bowl from the heat and place in electric mixer. Whip until meringue forms and the bowl feels cool.
·        Add the softened butter one tablespoon at a time. Add the juice, oil and zest. It might appear as the buttercream is separating. Continue whipping until it comes together.

Hope you all enjoy the festival with your friend, family and of course good food and sweets! J Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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