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Monday, April 27, 2015

Alpha Bakers: Lemon Jammies

I made this on Valentine's Day, which feels like a long time ago and it really has. 10 weeks ago!

Yes I baked ahead and I made full recipe! But in this case it is okay because it's author-sanctioned bake-ahead. Earlier this year Rose asked me if I can help test 7 cookie recipes for high altitude adjustment. So I did. And this is one of the cookies I tested. The only high altitude adjustment for this recipe is add 10 grams of egg whites.

These cookies came together easily and quickly and I enjoyed rolling them out. I used a Linzer cookie cutter set that I got a long time ago from Home Goods. They are Easter themed and really cute. Instead of just reusing the cut-outs butterfly, baby duck, and baby chickens, I used a little dab of water to attach them to the corner of the cookie. It made for a cuter effect.

I also made the lemon neoclassic buttercream recipe. My best highlight of making this is it was the first time I used Meyer Lemon. Oh my goodness! I've never actually tried it before, mostly because I never really needed lemon when they are in season. I only needed 1 lemon and bought 7! I used 1 lemon for this recipe and made the rest into Meyer Lemon Curd and freeze it. It's still in my freezer btw, waiting to be used.

I only made 1/2 recipe of it though since I only plan on using it for a few cookies for the photos. I didn't really feel like making buttercream but I did because of the testing. I felt a little silly afterwards because the testing is supposed to be for the cookie dough, not for the buttercream so I could have just used jam or lemon curd and not having to go through the trouble of making a buttercream. To add even more sillyness, I botched my first buttercream, it curdled terrible and I could not save it. So I had to make it again. The second time it worked. I used a few tablespoon for half a dozen cookies in the photo and I stored the rest of the buttercream in the refrigerator. I tried to use this buttercream for when we made Lemon Posset Shortcakes back in February and well, you know the story there in my post. In summary: I beat it when it was too cold so it curdled, couldn't bring it to room temperature fast enough because it was a cold day, I grew impatient, and eventually end up piping it, curdled and all, around the little posset cakes.

Step by step photos:

Zest meyer lemon.

Butter and superfine sugar ready to be creamed!!!

Mix eggs and vanilla lightly in a bowl.

Creamed goodies.

Add egg mixture.

After the second egg mixture addition.

After the flour addition.

 Buttercream! Heat up water, sugar, and corn syrup.

Egg yolk and butter.

Yummy-nesss. I love this with the meyer lemon.

Alpha Bakers is a group of bakers who are baking through The Baking Bible, Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest cookbook. Come check out the rest of the group at Rose's Alpha Bakers.

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  1. Jenn, I've missed you! As usual, you come up with the little extra twist (the cutouts on the cookies) that make the recipe uniquely your own.

  2. LOL! I like your tiny batch of buttercream! This coming biscuits, I was thinking if i should make 1/4 batch and then I thought about you. :) Your cookies look perfect! I like the bunny and butterfly centers! So pretty and cute! Now that I have my daughter to bring to her office, I think I can bake full batch..hahaha. It's very hard to see food get wasted and thrown away. I'm still thinking of that bone marrow dish.. You look great in that picture with Rose!

  3. Jenn, what adorable cookies! I love those photos. Makes me realize how few of them I post on my blog...Anyway, I hope you are doing well, and I enjoyed your post very much.

    1. Thanks Michele. I'm not a very word-y writer so I tried to make up for the lack of words with A LOT of photos. I'm so happy you like them!

  4. Jenn, I love your cookies! They look picture perfect on that plate, too. You must have been so busy this winter, test baking for Rose and baking along with us.

    1. I was busy. It was hard to bake so many things in a short amount of time. But fun at the same time! :)

  5. These are absolutely adorable! I love the little cutouts affixed to the cookies. They look like something out of a magazine.

    1. Aww... thanks Vicki! That's a very nice compliment hehehe..

  6. These are absolutely adorable! I love the little cutouts affixed to the cookies. They look like something out of a magazine.


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